NTSB Identification: DEN83FTI02
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 23, 1982 in DILLON, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/23/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N4AM
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT AND THREE PASSENGERS DEPARTED DILLON, MT AT ABOUT 0740 MDT TO SCOUT FOR ELK IN PREPARATION FOR HUNTING THE NEXT DAY. ACCORDING TO A PASSENGER, THEY FLEW DIRECTLY TO A MOUNTAIN AREA ABOUT 30 MILES AWAY WHERE THEY SPOTTED SOME ELK. HE SAID THAT WHILE THEY WERE TURNING AROUND FOR A BETTER VIEW, THE GROUND SUDDENLY CAME UP FAST, AND THEY CRASHED. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED A 25 DEG RISING SLOPE AT AN ELEVATON OF ABOUT 7400 FT MSL. THREE OF THE FOUR OCCUPANTS DID NOT HAVE THEIR SEAT BELTS FASTENED.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DAWN



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

SEAT BELT..NOT USED..PASSENGER

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