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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38669
Last updated: 23 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ted Smith Aerostar 601
Registration: N7421S
C/n / msn: 61-0006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Estes Park, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Page, AZ (PGA)
Destination airport:Fort Collins, CO (3V5)
Investigating agency: NTSB
While on a cross-country flight, according to radar data and weather information, the pilot descended below terrain clearance altitude and entered IMC conditions. The aircraft impacted a mountain peak approximately 100 feet below the summit. No flight plan had been filed and the pilot was not instrument rated.
Probable Cause: A descent below the surrounding terrain, by the pilot, in IMC conditions. Factors were high mountainous terrain, clouds, inaccurate weather evaluation by the pilot, and the pilot's flight into IMC conditions.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:33 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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