NTSB Identification: NYC83LA008
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 10, 1982 in GRAHAMSVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/10/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N54177
Injuries: 3 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.
THE PILOT AND TWO PASSENGERS DEPARTED ON A LOCAL SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT WITH FULL FUEL TANKS. ABOUT ONE HOUR AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PILOT FLEW OVER THE PASSENGERS' HOUSE TO TAKE PICTURES. WHILE A PASSENGER WAS PHOTOGRAPHING THE HOUSE, THE PILOT'S ATTENTION WAS DIVERTED TOWARD THE GROUND. DURING THIS TIME, HE LOST REFERENCE OF HIS ALTITUDE AND AIRSPEED AND BEGAN TO APPROACH RISING TERRAIN. HE APPLIED FULL POWER AND ATTEMPTED TO CLIMB, BUT THE PLANE WAS NEAR STALLING SPEED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE LEFT WING CONTACTED TREE TOPS AND THE AIRCRAFT CARTWHEELED TO THE GROUND.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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