Accident description
Last updated: 31 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 5 January 1989
Time:07:39
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operator:Federal Express
Registration: N945FE
C/n / msn: 208B-0046
First flight: 1987
Total airframe hrs:1041
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) E of Aspen Airport, CO (ASE) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Aspen Airport, CO (ASE/KASE), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft encountered turbulence while approaching the missed approach point of Aspen Airport (ASE) runway 15. A missed approach procedure was executed and a left turn was made at 15 DME. The pilot did not execute a right hand turn as he was supposed to, because he feared that the plane might stall when initiating an immediate right hand turn over higher terrain. The airspeed decayed to 96 knots and the aircraft collided with trees on a mountain.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot's improper IFR procedure. Contributing factors included moderate turbulence, low ceilings, obscuration and snow."

Classification:
Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Denver International Airport, CO to Aspen Airport, CO as the crow flies is 200 km (125 miles).

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