Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary WPR21LA360

Warren, ID, USA

Aircraft #1




The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff, during the initial climb, she encountered downdrafts. She decided against a crosswind turn and maneuvered the airplane though a valley with the intention of turning the airplane around. However, the airplane was unable to outclimb the terrain and struck treetops. Subsequently, the airplane impacted terrain and a fire ensued. The airplane was destroyed during the postimpact fire. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s failure to maintain altitude while maneuvering in a valley of mountainous terrain.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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