First of all, everyone survived this crash, which was a vintage 1947 Stinson and occurred in the mountains in Idaho in June (2012). Tol Gropp has the camera in the cockpit. He, two of his friends, and his father – who was the pilot – were flying into the Idaho mountains for a morning hike in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and were planning to fly on to another site for dinner.
But the plane crashed about four minutes into the flight. It seemed to encounter difficulty at takeoff, having trouble getting lift. The YouTube account chalks the problem up to an “air pocket” that made the craft lose altitude and descend rapidly into the trees.