Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2004 Issue

December 25, Elk City, Idaho / Cessna 172

At about 1825 Pacific time, a Cessna 172M sustained substantial damage after colliding with forested terrain near the Elk City Airfield in dark night conditions. The pilot, a recently certificated private pilot, and one passenger received serious injuries. According to the Elk City Airport manager, the airplane made several low passes over the snow-covered runway. After the last pass, the aircraft made a steep climbing turn to the left and crashed into a wooded area. The Elk City Airport is located in mountainous terrain approximately 53 miles southeast of the pilotís intended destination. The single turf/gravel runway is not maintained in winter, according to the A/FD. The airport is not eq...

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