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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 243664
Last updated: 10 July 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft S35 Bonanza
Registration: N4444K
MSN: D-7422
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 14 km SE of Telluride Regional Airport (TEX/KTEX), Telluride, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Telluride Regional Airport, CO (TEX/KTEX)
Destination airport:Oklahoma City-Wiley Post Airport, OK (PWA/KPWA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airline transport rated pilot and 1 passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to information provided by local authorities, the airplane took off on a planned VFR crosscountry flight from runway 27 at the Telluride Regional Airport (TEX). Preliminary calculations showed the airplane was about 300 pounds under maximum gross takeoff weight, which included full fuel tanks, and baggage.

Preliminary ADS-B data showed a normal takeoff and climb to the west and subsequent turn to the east. There were no known radio distress calls heard from the pilot after takeoff.

The accident site was located amidst rugged mountainous terrain, about 8 miles east of TEX. The elevation of TEX was 8,069 feet msl. The elevation of the accident site was 11,823 feet msl. The surrounding terrain to the north, east, and south was higher than the accident site elevation. The airplane wreckage showed evidence of a nearly vertical impact. Most of the forward section of the fuselage was crushed, and both wings showed impact damage across the leading edges of their spans. The wreckage was recovered and transported to a secure facility for detailed examinations of the airframe, engine, and systems.

The automated weather at KTEX reported at 12:55L was wind 260 at 10 knots, gusting 17 knots. Visibility 10 statute miles, sky condition clear. Temperature 18* C, dewpoint -13*C.

The derived density altitude at the accident site was 13,500' MSL.

The final ADS-B data point at 13:03:22 indicated a barometric altitude of 11,300' MSL and a groundspeed of 64 knots.

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Revision history:

06-Oct-2020 04:14 Geno Added
06-Oct-2020 08:35 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-Oct-2020 09:51 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Category]
06-Oct-2020 09:52 harro Updated [Location, Category]
06-Oct-2020 10:22 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative, Category]
06-Oct-2020 11:38 RobertMB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2020 21:56 Captain Adam Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
10-Jul-2021 09:41 aaronwk Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]

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