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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13646
Last updated: 17 October 2020
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Time:21:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II
Registration: N176CC
C/n / msn: 31T-7620024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Lamar Municipal Airport, 3 miles S of Lamar, Colorado -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Lamar Municipal Airport, Lamar, Colorado (LAA/KLAA)
Destination airport:Downtown Fort Collins CO (3V5)
Written off (destroyed) June 5, 1978 when crashed near Lamar Municipal Airport, 3 miles south of Lamar, Prowers County, Colorado, during the initial climb out to cruise altitude. All four persons on board (pilot and three passengers) were killed. According to the official NTSB report into the accident, the main cause of the crash was that the pilot was distracted by "two large dogs & one cat in aircraft cabin unrestrained. Pilot in command diverted attention from operation of aircraft"

Pilot fatigue may have also played a part: "Pilot flew approximately 6 hours & performed 2 operations on the day of the accident". Aircraft caught fire after impact, and was destroyed.

Registration N176CC belatedly cancelled by the FAA on August 13, 2012 (34 years after the accident)


1. NTSB Identification: DEN78FA046 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
06-Aug-2017 19:02 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Sep-2017 14:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Sep-2017 14:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
09-Sep-2017 14:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport]
09-Sep-2017 14:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Nov-2018 20:28 Sterma Updated [Destination airport]

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