SEA00LA054
SEA00LA054

On March 22, 2000, approximately 1350 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 172, N229CP, was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain in mountainous terrain near Quincy, Washington. The private pilot and his passenger were uninjured. No flight plan was originated for the flight, which had departed Moses Lake, Washington, about 1300. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was to be conducted under 14 CFR 91.

The pilot stated to FAA inspectors that he had been looking at elk when he turned up a draw with rising terrain. He started with ten degrees of flaps, increasing flaps to 30 degrees, then full flaps before colliding with rising terrain straight ahead. An FAA inspector noted that the airplane had apparently flown straight up the center of the draw before crashing.

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