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Crash of a Hawker 400A in Telluride

Date & Time: Dec 23, 2015 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-MEX
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
El Paso - Telluride
MSN:
RK-396
YOM:
2004
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew landed at Telluride without any prior radio contact with the ground. At that time, the airport was closed to traffic because the runway was snow covered. After touchdown, while rolling at a speed of about 100 mph, the aircraft hit a snowplow. The right wing was sheared off, the aircraft continued for several yards, overran the runway end and came to rest in a snow covered field. All seven occupants, among five tourists enroute for skiing, were unhurt. The aircraft was written off. It is understood that the snowplow's driver was unhurt as well and did not see the aircraft landing.

Crash of a Cessna 404 Titan II in Denver: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 30, 2014 at 0430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N404MG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Denver - Denver
MSN:
404-0813
YOM:
1981
Flight number:
LYM182
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot was performing a positioning flight from Denver-Centennial to Denver International Airport. Shortly after take off, while climbing, the twin engine aircraft stalled and crashed in a private garden located in a residential area near the runway end. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and the pilot was killed. Icing is suspected.

Crash of a Socata TBM-700 in the Ridgway Reservoir: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 22, 2014 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N702H
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bartlesville – Montrose
MSN:
112
YOM:
1996
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft was preparing to descent to Montrose when its pilot seemed to encounter problems. The aircraft turn around the Ridgway Reservoir several times before crashing into the Reservoir at about 2 PM, some 25 miles south of Montrose. According to local authorities, the aircraft sunk by 60 to 90 feet of water and no trace of any survivor was found at the end of the day.

Crash of a Canadair CL-601-3R Challenger in Aspen: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 5, 2014 at 1222 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N115WF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tucson - Aspen
MSN:
5153
YOM:
1994
Location:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
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.
Probable cause:
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.

Crash of a Cessna 207 in Colorado Springs

Date & Time: Sep 4, 2013 at 0755 LT
Registration:
N211AS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
207-0259
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from Colorado Springs Airport, pilot encountered technical problems and elected to make an emergency landing in an open field. Both occupants were injured while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.
Aircraft was owned by Aerial Resources LLC.

Crash of a Learjet 60 in Aspen

Date & Time: Jun 7, 2012 at 1224 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N500SW
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami-Opa Locka - Aspen
MSN:
60-017
YOM:
1993
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Opa Locka, crew executed a standard approach to runway 15/33. On touch down, right main gear collapsed and aircraft slid for several yards before coming to rest. As all eight occupants were uninjured, aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
No investigation was conducted by NTSB on this event.

Crash of a Cessna 414A Chancellor in Hayden: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 19, 2012 at 1525 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N4772A
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dalhart - Hayden
MSN:
414-0095
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The pilot performed an instrument approach to the runway with an approaching winter storm. A review of on-board global positioning system (GPS) data indicated that the airplane flew through the approach course several times during the approach and was consistently below the glideslope path. The airplane continued below the published decision height altitude and drifted to the right of the runway’s extended centerline. The GPS recorded the pilot’s attempt to perform a missed approach, a rapid decrease in ground speed, and then the airplane descend to the ground, consistent with an aerodynamic stall. Further, the airplane owner, who was also a passenger on the flight, stated that, after the pilot made the two “left turning circles” and had begun a third circle, he perceived that the airplane “just stalled.” An examination of the airframe and engine did not detect any preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane’s anti-ice and propeller anti-ice switches were found in the “off” position. A review of weather information revealed that the airplane was operating in an area with the potential for moderate icing and snow. Based on the GPS data and weather information, it is likely that the airframe collected ice during the descent and approach, which affected the airplane’s performance and led to an aerodynamic stall during the climb.
Probable cause:
The pilot’s inadvertent stall during a missed approach. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s operation of the airplane in forecasted icing conditions without using all of its anti-ice systems.
Final Report:

Crash of a Dassault Falcon 20C in Vail

Date & Time: Jan 8, 2010 at 1225 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XA-PCC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Vail - Chihuahua
MSN:
159
YOM:
1968
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11000
Captain / Total hours on type:
5000.00
Circumstances:
During taxi the airplane was observed to run over a tire chock with the left main gear tire. During a turn out of the ramp, the left main gear was observed to run over the nose gear chock that had been removed from the nose gear by the pilot during pre-flight. During the departure roll, the left main gear tire failed and the pilot elected to abort the takeoff attempt. The airplane did not stop on the remaining runway surface and departed the runway overrun area, coming to rest in snow-covered terrain. An examination of the airplane's systems revealed no anomalies.
Probable cause:
The flight crew’s improper preflight inspection and failure to remove the main landing gear wheel chock, resulting in damage and subsequent failure of the main landing gear tire during the takeoff roll.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 690 in Wray: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 15, 2009 at 0700 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N840NK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Denver - Wray
MSN:
690-11734
YOM:
1978
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
10221
Aircraft flight hours:
7215
Circumstances:
The airplane, a Rockwell Grand Commander 690C Jetprop 840, was "cleared for the approach" and approximately eight minutes later was observed emerging from the clouds, flying from west to east. Witnesses reported that the nose of the airplane dropped and the airplane subsequently impacted terrain in a near vertical attitude. Impact forces and a post impact fire destroyed the airplane. Examination of the airplane's systems revealed no anomalies. Weather at the time of the accident was depicted as overcast with three to six miles visibility. An icing probability chart depicted the probability for icing during the airplane's descent as 76 percent. AIRMETS for moderate icing and instrument meteorological conditions had been issued for the airplane’s route of flight. Another airplane in the vicinity reported light to moderate mixed icing. It could not be confirmed what information the pilot had obtained in a weather briefing, as a briefing was not obtained through a recorded source. A weight and balance calculation revealed that the accident airplane was 1,000 pounds over gross weight at the time of departure and 560 pounds over gross weight at the time of the accident. It was estimated that the center of gravity was at or just forward of design limitations.
Probable cause:
The pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control during the approach resulting in an aerodynamic stall and subsequent impact with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s improper preflight planning and conditions conducive for structural icing.
Final Report:

Crash of a Pilatus PC-12 in Hayden: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 11, 2009 at 0942 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N604WP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hayden-Chino
MSN:
0604
YOM:
2004
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:

The single engine aircraft crashed shortly after take off in snowy conditions. Both occupants were killed.