February 7, 1983

Galena Mountain



NTSB Identification: DEN83FA056 For details, refer to NTSB microfiche number 21688A

Accident occurred FEB-07-83 at LEADVILLE, CO
Aircraft: NAVION "G" RANGE MASTER, registration: N91774
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

THE ACFT CRASHED INTO A MOUNTAIN AT THE 12000 FT LEVEL IN BAD WEATHER DURING A CROSS-COUNTRY FLT. BEFORE TAKEOFF THE PILOT HAD BEEN ADVISED OF ADVERSE WEATHER ENROUTE WITH VFR FLT NOT RECOMMENDED. HE SAID HE WOULD FLY OUT TO CHECK THE WEATHER AND RETURN IF IT WAS TOO BAD. LATER HE CALLED ASPEN FOR A"FIX" OR AID IN RETURNING AND WAS TOLD HE WOULD HAVE TO CALL DENVER. A LOCAL RESIDENT HEARD THE PILOT TRYING TO CALL DENVER BUT CONTACT WAS NEVER MADE. SOMETIME LATER AN ELT SIGNAL WAS REPORTED. THE ACRT WAS FOUND THE FOLLOWING DAY IN A SNOW COVERED WILDERNESS AREA NEAR LEADVLLE CO.

Probable Cause

Flight into known adverse weather..Initiated..Pilot in command
In-flight planning/decision..Improper..Pilot in command
VFR flight into IMC..Continued..Pilot in command
Became lost/disoriented..Inadvertent..Pilot in command
Altitude..Not maintained..Pilot in command
Torque/P-factor..Inadvertent..Pilot in command
Terrain condition..High terrain
Terrain condition..Mountainous/hilly

Contributing Factors

Weather condition..Clouds
Weather condition..Icing conditions
Weather condition..Obscuration


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