Accident Cessna 175A Skylark N5089, Sunday 28 May 2023
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Date:Sunday 28 May 2023
Time:15:43 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C175 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 175A Skylark
Registration: N5089
MSN: 56756
Year of manufacture:1960
Total airframe hrs:4252 hours
Engine model:Continental O-360-A1A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Enterprise, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Enterprise, UT (UT91)
Destination airport:Las Vegas-North Las Vegas Airport, NV (VGT/KVGT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane departed a private dirt strip in mountainous terrain with a left quartering headwind. During the initial climb, the pilot retracted the flaps from to 20º to 10º to improve the airplane's acceleration. There was no change in airspeed, so he retracted the flaps completely and the airplane began a descent. He then extended the flaps back to 10º and initiated a shallow right turn to maneuver away from rising terrain, but the airplane did not climb. The pilot applied a nose down attitude to prevent a stall and the airplane impacted terrain and nosed over, in which the right wing sustained substantial damage.
The pilot suspected he had flown into a downdraft after taking off and reported there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions to the airplane or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to maintain altitude during an initial climbout in mountainous terrain after encountering a suspected downdraft.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR23LA204
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report





Revision history:

29-May-2023 05:39 harro Added
29-May-2023 06:13 RobertMB Updated
06-Jun-2023 22:01 Captain Adam Updated
26-Oct-2023 06:41 ASN Update Bot Updated
26-Oct-2023 06:42 harro Updated

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