Narrative:Flight 824 departed Denver at 06:42 for an IFR flight at FL180 to Montrose. The aircraft climbed to FL145 and maintained that altitude until crashing 50 feet (15 m) below the summit of the 14,221-ft (4350 m) Mount Massive. Toxicological tests revealed marijuana metabolite level of 37 ng/ml in urine and 1 ng/ml in blood. The pilot was once convicted in 1974 for possession of controlled substance, but had no other alcohol/drug convictions.
|Date:||Wednesday 17 January 1990|
Cessna 208A Cargomaster
|C/n / msn:|| 208-00091|
|First flight:|| 1986|
|Total airframe hrs:||2368|
|Engines:|| 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||17 km (10.6 mls) SW of Leadville, CO (United States of America)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ/KMTJ), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Diversion of the pilot's attention, resulting in an in flight collision with terrain during normal cruise flight."
» NTSB id DEN90FA043
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Distance from Denver International Airport, CO to Montrose County Airport, CO as the crow flies is 314 km (196 miles).