March 30, 1983

On Airport - Sardy Field


NTSB Identification: DEN83LA088 For details, refer to NTSB microfiche number 21332A

Accident occurred MAR-30-83 at ASPEN, CO
Aircraft: STINSON 108-2, registration:
N434C
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 Uninjured.

WHILE INBOUND, THE PLT CHECKED THE ATIS WHICH WAS REPORTING A WIND FROM 350 DEG AT 10 KTS. HE CONTINUED INBOUND, AND WHEN HE CHECKED WITH THE TOWER, THE WIND WAS FROM 350 DEG AT 6 KTS. THE PLT WAS CLEARED TO LAND ON THE RWY OF HIS CHOICE, HE STATED THAT HE ELECTED TO LAND ON RWY 15 INSTEAD OF RWY 33, SINCE RWY I5 SLOPED UPHILL. REPORTEDLY, AT APRC 75 FT AGL, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED TURBULENCE & A DOWNDRAFT OR WIND SHEAR. THE PLT APPLIED POWER, BUT THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN IN A 3-POINT ATTITUDE, THEN BECAME AIRBORNE AGAIN TO ABOUT 30 FT AGL. HE ELECTED TO CONTINUE THE LANDING SINCE THERE WAS SUFFICIENT RWY REMAINING. HOWEVER, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED TURBULENCE AGAIN & THEN AFTER IT TOUCHED DOWN A GUST OF WIND WAS ALSO ENCOUNTERED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT WENT OFF THE SIDE OF THE RWY ONTO SNOW COVERED TERRAIN & NOSED OVER.

Probable Cause

Compensation for wind conditions..Improper..Pilot in command
Directional control..Not maintained..Pilot in command
Ground loop/swerve..Inadvertent..Pilot in command

Contributing Factors

Weather condition..Tailwind
Wrong runway..Selected..Pilot in command
Weather condition..Turbulence
Weather condition..Windshear
Weather condition..Gusts
Terrain condition..Snow covered