Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2002 Issue

June 26, Donnelly, Idaho / Cessna 182

At approximately 0706 mountain time, a Cessna 182L struck trees while trying to land at Donnelly. The pilot was seriously injured and the flight instructor reported minor injuries. The pilot was a customer at a commercial mountain/canyon flying seminar, while the instructor said his role was as an “observer” on the flight. The instructor pilot said they were making a “canyon approach” to U84, which involved flying at 50 to 55 mph with full flaps and full nose-up trim. The airplane’s operators manual give airplane’s power-off stall speed as 55 mph and a short-field approach speed of 69 mph. At approximately 5 feet agl, the instructor told the pilot to add power, but the pilot didn’t respond i...

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