NTSB Identification: LAX83LA063
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 31, 1982 in SEDONA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/31/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N5262U
Injuries: 2 Minor,1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
WHILE ENROUTE, THE PLT NOTICED THAT HE HAD LOST HIS AIRSPEED INDICATION. OBSERVING THE PITOT HEAD ON THE WING WITH A FLASHLIGHT, HE STATED THAT THE FLIP-UP COVER WAS DOWN, COVERING THE RAM TUBE. UNABLE TO MAINTAIN PROPER AIRSPEED, THE PLT INADVERTENTLY ACHIEVED AN EXCESSIVE RATE OF SINK, IMPACTING A STEEP SLOPE AT THE APPROACH END OF THE RWY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PROPER DESCENT RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
FLIGHT/NAV INSTRUMENTS,AIRSPEED INDICATOR..INOPERATIVE
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