December 8, 1984

FBI Agent - South of Meeker

FBI Agent Cliff Browning was returning from Wyoming to Grand Junction, when he disappeared off Radar in a Snow Storm. Civil Air Patrol, Vail Mountain Rescue, Routt County SAR, and other teams were called in to assist Rio Blanco County Sheriff. Local Pilot flew the following morning and had Air Traffic Control direct him to last point seen on Radar. Crash site was located at that point. Local Sheriff's resources effected the recovery.



NTSB Identification: DEN85FA037 For details, refer to NTSB microfiche number 27434A

Accident occurred DEC-08-84 at MEEKER, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA T-210G, registration: N6805R
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

THE A/C DEPT LARAMI, WY ON AN IFR FLT TO GRAND JUNCTION, CO.IN THE VICINITY OF MEEKER, CO, THE PLT EXPERIENCED AN APPARENT INSTRUMENT GYRO PROBLEM. HE FLEW OFF COURSE ONCE BUT WITH THE HELP OF ARTCC HE WAS VECTORED BACK ON COURSE, ONLY TO AGAIN GO OFF CRSE, LOSE CONTROL OF THE A/C. THE A/C DISAPPEARED FROM RADAR AND IMPACTED THE SIDE OF A HIGH RIDGE. THE A/C WAS DESTROYED AND THE PLT RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES.

Probable Cause

Vacuum System..Failure,partial
Airspeed..Uncontrolled..Pilot in command
Altitude..Uncontrolled..Pilot in command