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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 17 January 1990
Time:07:19
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208A Cargomaster
Operator:Federal Express
Registration: N835FE
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)
Crash site elevation: 4335 m (14222 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ/KMTJ), United States of America
Flightnumber: 824
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.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Diversion of the pilot's attention, resulting in an in flight collision with terrain during normal cruise flight."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 8 months
Accident number: DEN90FA043
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Flightcrew member's alcohol, drug usage
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» 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).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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