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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36705
Last updated: 8 May 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182P
Registration: N21390
C/n / msn: 18261604
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Taos, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:SKX
Destination airport:Monte Vista, CO (MVI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Before the VFR cross country flight departed, the pilot told a business associate that he would be deviating from a direct route to conduct some sightseeing. The airplane was observed to fly up a narrow canyon in the vicinity of a ski area, and witnesses last saw the airplane in a steep left turn towards the entrance to the canyon. The wreckage was later spotted against the canyon wall by telescope from the ski area. A state police helicopter that attempted to reach the scene was unable to enter the canyon due to down slope winds in excess of 50 knots. The accident site was on a 35-degree south facing slope at 11,300 feet msl on a 12,163-foot mountain. During examination of the airplane wreckage, no pre-impact engine or airframe anomalies that might have affected the airplane's performance were identified.
Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to maintain terrain clearance while maneuvering in a narrow canyon. Contributing factors were the down slope winds in excess of 50 knots and the pilot's improper decision to enter the canyon given the wind conditions.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 19:29 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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