Accident Cessna 172N N739QE,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134077
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Date:Friday 17 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172N
Owner/operator:9Qe, Inc.
Registration: N739QE
MSN: 17270714
Year of manufacture:1978
Total airframe hrs:5588 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Steamboat Spgs, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:SBS
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On January 17, 1997, at 1259 mountain standard time, N739QE, a Cessna 172N, was substantially damaged when it collided with power lines during descent near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The flight instructor, private pilot receiving instruction, and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight conducted under Title 14 CFR Part 91. The flight originated at Steamboat Springs approximately 1200.

According to the flight instructor's written statement and verbal statements he gave to the Routt County Sheriff's Office, he had given the pilot a mountain flying checkout and they were returning to Steamboat Springs, flying at 11,500 feet msl (mean sea level). The pilot said he had never flown close to the mountains, so the instructor suggested that he fly down a wide canyon that led back to the airport. They descended to 7,200 feet msl and the pilot remarked that they would have to watch for wires. The instructor became preoccupied watching elk and did not see the power lines. He heard "a loud scraping noise" and felt the airplane decelerate and shudder. It then fell into a clump of aspen trees in the Mad Creek drainage.

Written statements submitted by the two pilots to the Routt County Sheriff's Office (attached) and a witness'statement (also attached) corroborated the above. Help was summoned by use of a cellular telephone.
PROBABLE CAUSE:Failure of the flight instructor and the dual student to maintain an adequate visual lookout. Factors were the flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight, inadequate altitude in which to clear obstacles, and the dual student's lack of familiarity with the geographical area.


NTSB id 20001208X07289

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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