Accident Piel CP-305 Emeraude N9091, Tuesday 1 March 2005
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Date:Tuesday 1 March 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic CP30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piel CP-305 Emeraude
Registration: N9091
MSN: 9-15
Engine model:Lycoming O-235-C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Del Norte, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Del Norte, CO (8V1)
Destination airport:South Park, CO
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Shortly after departure, the airplane impacted near the base of a 300-foot butte. According to a witness, the pilot and passenger departed the airport to the west and he then lost sight of the airplane behind rising terrain adjacent to the airport. The witness reported the engine sounded normal during departure. Another witness, located in his residence, heard the airplane and a few minutes later heard a "pop." The witness observed a fire on a hillside. Examination of the accident site revealed the airplane impacted the terrain and came to rest approximately 167 feet from the initial impact. The airplane was destroyed by fire. The propeller blades displayed leading edge gouging, chordwise scratches, and were twisted in the direction of rotation. Flight control continuity was established from the cockpit to the flight control surfaces. The pilot had accumulated approximately 900 total flight hours.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the terrain for undetermined reasons.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DEN05LA060
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
15-Jan-2015 16:42 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
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