August 20, 2012, McCall, Idaho, Cessna 182Q Skylane


The airplane sustained substantial damage at about 1050 Mountain time when it impacted trees in rising mountainous terrain during climb. The CFI and his commercial pilot-rated student both received minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

The CFI later stated they were flying up a mountain canyon when the terrain elevation increase exceeded the airplane’s climb performance. The airplane began impacting tree tops and subsequently impacted terrain. Density altitude was about 8600 feet.


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