Date & Time: Jan 5, 2014 at 1222 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N115WF
Flight Type:
Positioning
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tucson - Aspen
MSN:
5153
YOM:
1994
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crew was performing a positioning flight from Tucson to Aspen-Pitkin County-Sardy Airport. On approach to runway 15, crew obtained the permission to land but decided to make a go around due to wind gusting up to 33 knots (tailwind). On the second approach, wind was gusting up to 28 knots and aircraft landed on runway 15. Shortly after touch down, aircraft went out of control, veered off runway to the left and to rest in flames upside down. A crew was killed, a second one was seriously injured while the third one was slightly injured. Aircraft built in 1994 was partially destroyed by fire.
Causes:
The flight crew's failure to maintain airplane control during landing following an unstabilized approach. Contributing to the accident were the flight crew's decision to land with a tailwind above the airplane's operating limitations and their failure not to conduct a go-around when the approach became unstabilized.