July 12, 1985

Woody Creek?

NTSB Identification: DEN85FA186 For details, refer to NTSB microfiche number 30251A

Accident occurred JUL-12-85 at ASPEN, CO
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2443Y
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious.

CFI AND STUDENT DEPARTED ASPEN, COLORADO, ON A DUAL X-COUNTRY FLT. THE DENSITY ALTITUDE AT THE TIME OF DEPARTURE WAS CALCULATED TO BE 9954 FEET. THE CFI DIRECTED STUDENT TO FLY UP A CANYON IN AN AREA OF RISING TERRAIN. THE CFI TOOK CONTROL OF ACFT AND WAS UNABLE TO CLIMB OVER TERRAIN THAT RISES UPWARD TO 11000 FEET. THE ACFT STRUCK TALL TREES AT THE 9800 FOOT LEVEL. THE ACCIDENT SITE DENSITY ALTITUDE WAS CALCULATED TO BE 11916 FEET. THE ACFT SERVICE CEILING IS 12000 FEET.

Probable Cause

Preflight planning/preparation..Inadequate..Pilot in command(CFI)
Performance data..Not used..Pilot in command(CFI)
Weather evaluation..Inadequate..Pilot in command(CFI)
Aircraft performance,climb capability..Exceeded
In-flight planning/decision..Improper..Pilot in command(CFI)
Supervision..Inadequate..Pilot in command(CFI)

Contributing Factors

Weather condition..High density altitude
Terrain condition..Mountainous/hilly
Object..Tree(s)