Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cessna 172H Skyhawk, N1706F: Accident occurred October 20, 2016 near Sugarloaf Regional Airport (B21), Carrabassett, Franklin County, Maine

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

http://registry.faa.gov/N1706F

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA036
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Carrabassett, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N1706F
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, after departure, he flew south along a river for about 5 miles. He then turned east toward his destination airport and needed to climb over a mountain ridge. During the climb, the landing gear impacted the top of trees; subsequently, the airplane nosed down and impacted terrain. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. 

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from trees while maneuvering at a low altitude.

The pilot reported that after departure he flew south along a river for about five miles. He then turned east toward his destination airport, but needed to climb over a mountain ridge. During the climb, the landing gear impacted the top of trees; subsequently, the airplane nosed down and impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. 

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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