Accident Piper PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV N82828, Sunday 11 January 2015
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Date:Sunday 11 January 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV
Owner/operator:Tefft Wade H
Registration: N82828
MSN: 28R-8131015
Year of manufacture:1980
Total airframe hrs:4105 hours
Engine model:Continental TSIO-360 SER
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:NW of Horth Airstrip (CO77), Brighton, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Van Aire Airport, CO (CO12)
Destination airport:None
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On January 11, 2015, at 1246 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28RT-201T single-engine airplane, N82828, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Brighton, Colorado. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Van Aire Airport (CO12), Brighton, Colorado, about 1220.

Witnesses reported observing the pilot taxi the airplane from inside his hangar and depart. For several minutes, the airplane maneuvered at a low altitude and high airspeed. Witnesses then observed the airplane make a steep bank turn, descend, and impact terrain about 5 miles east of the departure airport. The pilot's wife had reported to local law enforcement that she believed he had committed suicide. The pilot's wife reported that she had recently informed him that she wanted a divorce and was purchasing another home. She added that, about 5 years earlier, the pilot had told her that, if she ever left him, he would fly his airplane into the ground and kill himself. Although the wreckage was significantly fragmented, no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airframe or engine were noted that would have precluded normal operation. The medical examiner determined that the pilot's manner of death was "suicide."

Probable Cause: The pilot's intentional descent into the terrain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN15FA101
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report





Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

12-Jan-2015 00:23 Geno Added
12-Jan-2015 18:22 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
13-Jan-2015 21:07 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
13-Jan-2015 21:20 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
20-Jan-2015 22:42 Geno Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Source]
28-Mar-2015 19:23 harro Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 11:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Sep-2022 16:12 Captain Adam Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Photo]

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