Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2004 Issue

August 13, 2004, Spanish Fork, Utah / Cessna 172P

At approximately 0730 Mountain time, the airplane was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain while maneuvering approximately 20 miles east of Spanish Fork, Utah. Visual conditions prevailed; the pilot and one passenger on board the airplane were seriously injured. Two other passengers had minor injuries. According to one of the passengers, the airplane was flying in a canyon. As the pilot tried to pull up, the engine “sputtered a little bit” and struck trees. The engine sounded like it was “bogging down” before the tree strike....

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