Accident Aviat A-1 N8HU, Thursday 23 August 2001
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Date:Thursday 23 August 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUSK model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aviat A-1
Owner/operator:Rocky Beach Properties, Ltd
Registration: N8HU
MSN: 1202
Total airframe hrs:495 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360-C1G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Montrose, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Montrose, CO (MTJ)
Destination airport:Norwood, CO (0CO6)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane was observed making a slow, very steep, very low right hand turn to runway 10 (elevation7,862 feet). It was not determined if the 20,000 hour pilot had every flown this airplane before; the airplane's owner was in the back seat. The airplane first impacted terrain with its right wing tip, and then its engine. It was determined that the aircraft was over its maximum certificated gross weight at the time of the accident. The density altitude was calculated to be 11,155 feet.

Probable Cause: the pilot's intentional abrupt maneuver immediately after takeoff and the subsequent loss of aircraft control. Contributing factors were high density altitude weather conditions, and the airplane improper weight and balance.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DEN01FA151
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 12:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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