Accident description
Last updated: 23 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 17 January 1970
Time:09:00
Type:Convair CV-240-12
Operator:Aspen Airways
Registration: N270L
C/n / msn: 157
First flight: 1949
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 49
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 52
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Aspen Airport, CO (ASE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Aspen Airport, CO (ASE/KASE), United States of America
Narrative:
Prior to descent the checklist was completed except for the landing gear because the captain wanted to keep the speed above 130 knots in case he had to abort the approach. The Convair landed with the gear retracted, slid and came to a stop 4300 feet from the threshold. The gear warning horn did not work because it had been improperly set.

PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
pilot in command - failed to extend landing gear
FACTOR(S)
miscellaneous acts, conditions - checklist-failed to use
airframe - landing gear: landing gear warning and indicating components
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection

Sources:
» NTSB File 1-0017


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Distance from Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO to Aspen Airport, CO as the crow flies is 180 km (113 miles).

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