NTSB Identification: DEN88FA107.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37100.
Accident occurred Friday, May 13, 1988 in MOSCA, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/1989
Aircraft: STINSON 108-2, registration: N354C
Injuries: 2 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.

AFTER PURCHASING ACFT, PLT AND PLT-RATED FRIEND (BOTH AIRLINE PLTS) WERE JOINED BY PLT'S WIFE AND DEPARTED FALCON FIELD, MESA, AZ, EN ROUTE TO MN. THE TRIO STOPPED IN ALAMOSA, CO, FOR NIGHT. THEY DEPARTED ALAMOSA (ELEVATION 7608 FT MSL) THE NEXT MORNING AND FLEW OVER GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL MONUMENT AND ENTERED MEDANO PASS. ACFT CRASHED IN VMC AT ABOUT THE 10,000-FT LEVEL, 30 MI FROM ALAMOSA. TERRAIN RISES RAPIDLY AT ABOUT 20 DEG ANGLE. AT TIME OF CRASH, PRESSURE ALTITUDE AT ALAMOSA AND CRASH SITE WERE COMPUTED TO BE 7238 FT AND 9630 FT MSL, RESPECTIVELY. ACFT RATE OF CLIMB WAS COMPUTED TO BE 195 FPM AND 70 FPM, RESPECTIVELY. ACFT WAS UNDER MAX GROSS WEIGHT AND WITHIN C.G. LIMITS AT TAKEOFF AND AT IMPACT. SHORTLY AFTER CRASH, ACFT CAUGHT FIRE, FED BY CANS OF FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS IN BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT.

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,CLIMB CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND

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