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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35113
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Date:14-DEC-1983
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N47403
C/n / msn: 32R-7880005
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Alma, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Englewood, CO (APA)
Destination airport:Salt Lake City , UT (SLC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PLT, HIS BROTHER & HIS SISTER-IN-LAW WERE ON A FLT TO ATTEND HIS MOTHER'S FUNERAL. BEFORE TAKING OFF, THE PILOT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING & WAS ADVISED THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. THE PLT THEN ASKED FOR WX REPORTS FOR A SOUTHERLY ROUTE & HE WAS ADVISED THAT THE MOUNTAIN TOPS WERE OBSCURED ON THAT ROUTE. HE THEN INDICATED THAT HE WOULD TRY & THAT MAYBE THE WEATHER WOULD CLEAR ENOUGH FOR HIM TO GET THRU. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT CRASHED ON THE SIDE OF MT DEMOCRAT, A 14,286 FT MOUNTAIN, AT THE 13,800 FT LEVEL. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT THE ACFT IMPACTED IN NEAR LEVEL flight. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND THAT WOULD HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT. THE AREA FORECAST CALLED FOR MOUNTAINS & HIGHER TERRAIN TO BE OCCASIONALLY OBSCURED IN CLOUDS & PRECIP; ROCKY MOUNTAINS 3000 TO 6000 FT THRU 20,000 FT WITH OCCASIONAL CEILINGS BELOW 1000 FT & VISIBILITY BELOW 3 MILES IN SNOW & FOG. CAUSE: THE PLTíS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN TERRAIN CLEARANCE RESULTING IN IMPACT WITH TERRAIN. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS INCLUDE INADEQUATE PRE-FLIGHT PLANNING, HIGH MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AND LOW VISIBILTY, FOG AND SNOW, POSSIBLY PRODUCING SECTOR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. THE PILOTíS SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE TO ATTEND HIS MOTHERíS FUNERAL MAY ALSO HAVE BEEN A FACTOR.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001214X45265


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
03-Jan-2019 12:47 liamdaniel98 Updated [Narrative]
05-Jan-2019 13:22 liamdaniel98 Updated [Narrative]

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