NTSB Identification: DEN91FA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46308.
Accident occurred Friday, September 27, 1991 in PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/05/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA P210N, registration: N1JG
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

DRG TAXI AFTER A X-COUNTRY FLT, A PROP BLADE WAS NICKED BY FLYING GRAVEL. THE PLT HAD THE PROP DRESSED BY A MECH, THEN HE MADE AN ENG RUN-UP & TOOK OFF ON A TEST FLT. WITNESSES RPRTD THAT AS THE ACFT WAS DEPG, IT REMAINED AT A LOWER ALT THAN EXPECTED, BUT THE ENG SOUNDED SMOOTH. THE ACFT WAS TURNED DWNWND & MNVRD FOR FINAL APCH TO THE SAME RWY. HOWEVER, IT OVERSHOT THE TURN & COLLIDED WITH TREES AT THE EDGE OF THE CLEAR WAY ABOUT 1200' SHORT OF THE RWY. THE ACFT REMAINED AIRBORNE FOR ABOUT 500', THEN IT COLLIDED WITH THE GATE OF A HI FENCE, CRASHED & BURNED. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, OF THE ACFT OR ENG WAS FND, BUT THE MIXTURE CTL WAS FND AT A MID-RANGE PSN, RATHER THAN FULL FORWARD. FOR TAKEOFFS BELOW 17,000' IN THIS ACFT, THE MIXTURE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FULL RICH. THE PLT HAD BEEN ISSUED A 3RD CLASS MED CERT ON 3/14/91, BUT IT WAS RESCINDED LTR, WHEN A CARDIOVASCULAR ABNORMALITY OF THE PLT WAS NOTED. A CHECK OF THE PLT'S BLOOD SHOWED A CHLORPHENIRAMINE (ANTIHISTAMINE) LEVEL OF 0.073 UG/ML. DENSITY ALT WAS ABT 9300'.

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

FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN CLEARANCE FROM TREES DURING AN APPROACH FOR A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING. HIS IMPROPER USE OF THE MIXTURE CONTROL WAS A RELATED FACTOR CONCERNING THE PARTIAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER.

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