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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71616
Last updated: 7 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172M Skyhawk
Registration: N13073
C/n / msn: 17262476
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Joshua Tree National Park, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Joshua Tree, CA (L80)
Destination airport:Palm Springs, CA (PSP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The certified flight instructor (CFI) and his student pilot began the instructional flight from an uncontrolled airport with an elevation of 2,464 feet mean sea level (msl). They planned to fly to a controlled airport (elevation 477 feet msl) located about 27 miles of their departure airport. En route, the pilots climbed to at least 6,000 feet msl and encountered several layers of clouds. At their destination airport, about 30 minutes before to about 30 minutes after the accident, clouds were reported at various elevations including 3,800; 5,000; 6,500 and 7,500 feet msl. The student pilot reported that while en route he observed clouds above, below, and at the airplane's cruise altitude with the visibility from 1/2 to 1 mile. Just before the accident sequence began, the CFI was handling the flight controls while trying to fly around the clouds and collided into a mountain at 5,250-foot msl. Near the time of the accident a witness, located about 2 miles from the crash site, observed thick fog covering the roadway on which he was traveling. The accident location was about 14 miles from the departure airport. Terrain in the vicinity was depicted on the appropriate aeronautical chart with peak elevations between 5,600 and 5,800 feet msl. Following recovery, the airplane was examined, during which no evidence was found of any preimpact malfunction or failure.
Probable Cause: The certified flight instructor's decision to continue visual flight into deteriorating weather, which resulted in his inadvertent encounter with instrument meteorological conditions and subsequent failure to maintain clearance with terrain.



Revision history:

19-Jan-2010 04:12 slowkid Added
19-Jan-2010 21:42 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage]
20-Jan-2010 02:01 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage]
20-Jan-2010 09:06 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
20-Jan-2010 09:06 RobertMB Updated [Damage]
20-Jan-2010 10:50 RobertMB Updated [Source]
23-Mar-2015 07:31 KHausteen Updated [Operator, Nature]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 15:19 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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