While flying in mountainous terrain to show one of the passengers the Neihart, Montana, area, the pilot entered a canyon that started to narrow as the canyon’s walls rose. The pilot initiated a climb.
The Cessna 177 then experienced a downdraft followed by a second downdraft, and he found a low spot in the trees and attempted a climbing turn, however, the airplane would not climb and started brushing the trees. The airplane descended into the ground, and a post-impact fire ensued. [Read more…]