NTSB Identification: DEN00FA169.
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Accident occurred Monday, September 11, 2000 in ENGLEWOOD, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/02/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180, registration: N2190R
Injuries: 2 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.

The pilot was cleared to takeoff on runway 17L; the wind was 260 degrees at 10 knots, and the density altitude was 8,177 feet. Shortly after the airplane became airborne, the controller transmitted to the pilot, "you appear to be low to the terrain." The pilot responded by saying, "this is 90R, we're not climbing worth Gra_." Witnesses said that the airplane flew approximately 1 mile south of the departure end of runway 17L and then turned eastbound. They then observed the airplane, which was flying low and slow, enter a steep turn to the north and then impact the ground. The witnesses said that they could hear the airplane's engine right up until the time it hit the ground. Post-accident examination of the wreckage revealed no pre-impact engine or airframe anomalies, which might have affected the airplane's performance. According to the Owner's Handbook, under the accident conditions, the airplane was capable of a maximum climb rate of approximately 340 feet per minute.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control, which resulted in a collision with terrain. A contributing factor was the high-density altitude weather condition.

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