Narrative:The Cessna Caravan was on an IFR flight to haul freight from Aspen (ASE) to Denver-Stapleton (DEN). Moderate to heavy icing conditions were forecast for the Denver area. While on an ILS runway 36 approach, the aircraft encountered icing conditions. Subsequently, it entered a steep descent and crashed short of the runway. The weather at Denver was reported as: clouds 800 feet scattered, 1000 feet broken, visibility 4 miles with freezing drizzle and snow showers, temperature 28 degrees F, dew point 25 degrees F.
|Date:||27 FEB 1990|
|Type:||Cessna 208A Cargomaster|
|C/n / msn:|| 208-00043|
|First flight:|| 1985|
|Total airframe hrs:||3227|
|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:||4,8 km (3 mls) from Denver International Airport, CO (DEN) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Aspen Airport, CO (ASE), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accumulation of structural ice and subsequent stalling of the aircraft. The icing condition was a related factor."
» NTSB DEN90FA068
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Distance from Aspen Airport, CO to Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO as the crow flies is 180 km (113 miles).