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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135316
Last updated: 22 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172R
Owner/operator:Hesston College
Registration: N9864F
C/n / msn: 17280091
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cloudcroft, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Las Cruces, NM (LRU)
Destination airport:Roswell, NM (ROW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was flying through a valley when the pilot unexpectedly encountered rapidly rising terrain. The valley that the accident airplane went through, gains approximately 3,000 feet over 5 statute miles. The pilot was forced to turn sharp to the right and could not maintain altitude. The airplane impacted into a heavily forested area, destroying the airplane and causing serious injury to the pilot receiving instruction and the flight instructor on board.

Probable Cause: the dual student's failure to maintain clearance from the terrain. Also causal was the flight instructor's inadequate supervision. Low altitude flight and rising terrain are contributing factors.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 20:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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