NTSB Identification: DEN93FA089.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 27, 1993 in DURANGO, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/1994
Aircraft: GLOBE GC-1B, registration: N3783K
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE ON A LOCAL SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT, THE PILOT DECIDED TO FLY TO PURGATORY, CO, A TRIP HE SAID HE HAD MADE 'MANY TIMES BEFORE.' HE TURNED LEFT INTO WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS THE HERMOSA CREEK DRAINAGE, BUT WAS ACTUALLY THE BUCK CREEK DRAINAGE, AT APPROXIMATELY 6,500 FEET MSL. WHEN HE SAW THE HIGH TERRAIN ON BOTH SIDES AND IN FRONT OF THE AIRPLANE, HE REALIZED HE HAD MADE A MISTAKE, AND HE IMMEDIATELY INITIATED A MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE CLIMB. AS THE AIRPLANE NEARED THE END OF THE CANYON, THE PILOT DECIDED NOT TO RISK STALLING THE AIRPLANE BY ATTEMPTING TO TURN AROUND. INSTEAD, HE SLOWED THE AIRPLANE TO JUST ABOVE STALL SPEED. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE TOPS OF TREES, SPUN AROUND, AND COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN. THE PASSENGER'S FATAL INJURIES WERE DUE TO POST IMPACT FIRE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S ENTRY INTO A BOX CANYON AT AN ALTITUDE INSUFFICIENT TO CLEAR MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.

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