NTSB Identification: WPR14FA183
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 07, 2014 in Santa Clara, UT
Aircraft: CESSNA 150 - F, registration: N8236F
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 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.

On May 7, 2014, about 0855 Mountain daylight time, a Cessna 150F airplane, N8236F, sustained substantial damage following impact with remote mountainous terrain while maneuvering about 3 nautical miles (nm) west of Santa Clara, Utah. The airplane was owned and operated by Above View Aviation, Saint George, Utah. The certified flight instructor, who occupied the right cockpit seat, and the pilot receiving instruction, who occupied the left cockpit seat, were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local instructional flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. A flight plan was not filed. The flight had departed the Saint George Municipal Airport (SGU), Saint George, Utah, about 0800.

In a statement provided to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) by local law enforcement personnel, a witness reported that he and a family member were riding the Rim Trail when they observed the airplane overhead proceeding west. The witness stated that after a few minutes he heard the airplane "sputter", and the nose diving, then lost sight of it when it went behind a hill; he didn't hear anything and couldn't confirm that it had gone down. The witness reported that about an hour and a half later while riding on the Barrel Roll Trail, he came upon the airplane wreckage, and reported it to local authorities

On the morning following the accident, the NTSB IIC, accompanied by representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, Lycoming Engines, and Cessna Aircraft, were assisted in accessing the accident site by local law enforcement personnel and search and rescue (SAR) volunteers. An examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane had come to rest on the side of a mountain in an upright position, oriented facing down slope on an incline of about 27 degrees. The airplane's at rest magnetic heading was 350 degrees; a relative impact heading could not be definitively determined. A survey of the accident site revealed that both wings had remained attached to the fuselage at all attach points, and that their respective flaps and ailerons had also remained attached to the respective trailing edge of the wings. The fuselage aft of the cockpit/cabin area was intact, but almost entirely severed from the empennage/tail section. The rudder, vertical stabilizer, left and right horizontal stabilizers, and both elevators sustained moderate impact damage. The underside of the cockpit/cabin area sustained significant deformation due to severe impact damage with the rock-laden terrain. A survey of the airplane revealed that all components necessary for flight were accounted for at the accident site. The airplane was recovered to a secured storage facility for further examination.

At 0835, the SGU automated weather reporting facility, located 10 nm east-southeast of the accident site, reported wind calm, visibility 10 miles, overcast clouds at 8,000 feet, temperature 13 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 0 degrees C, and an altimeter reading of 29.75 inches of mercury.

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