Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2009 Issue

July 15, 2009, Thermopolis, Wyo., Cessna 172M

The student pilot and his instructor were returning to their home airport after night cross-country instructional fight. As they descended toward the airport, the airplane’s wheels contacted terrain on a ridge about nine miles from the planned destination, and about 1650 feet higher than the airport elevation. Although the airplane initially rolled across the terrain at a high rate of speed, it soon contacted a road, resulting in loss of control and further contact with the terrain.

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