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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Date:Tuesday 2 February 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-580
Operator:Aspen Airways
Registration: N5808
C/n / msn: 348
First flight: 1956
Total airframe hrs:53781
Engines: 2 Allison 501-D13H
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 38
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Durango-La Plata Airport, CO (DRO) (   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:Durango-La Plata Airport, CO (DRO/KDRO), United States of America
Drifted to left on landing rollout and collided with snow bank. Runway 2 centreline lighting was not available and the painted runway centreline was covered by the snow.

Probable Cause:

"Airport snow removal .. inadequate .. airport personnel
Proper alignment .. not maintained .. pilot in command
Airport facilities,runway marking .. foreign substance covered
Airport facilities,runway/landing area condition .. snow covered
Airport facilities,runway/landing area condition .. slush covered
Airport facilities,centerline lights .. unavailable
Airport facilities,runway edge lights .. unapproved
Light condition .. dark night"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: DEN88FA061
Download report: Summary report

» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/89 (#19)


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Distance from Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO to Durango-La Plata Airport, CO as the crow flies is 382 km (239 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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