NTSB Identification: DEN89FA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38025.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, January 05, 1989 in ASPEN, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 208B, registration: N945FE
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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.

PLT SAID HE ENCOUNTERED SEVERE TO EXTREME TURBULENCE UPON REACHING MISSED APCH POINT AND FELT ACFT MIGHT STALL IF HE BEGAN IMMEDIATE RIGHT TURN AS CALLED FOR IN MISSED APCH PROCEDURE. PLT SAID HE MADE LEFT TURN AT 15 DME (MISSED APCH POINT IS AT 11.5 DME) BECAUSE THERE WAS HIGHER TERRAIN TO RIGHT. ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES ON MOUNTAIN 3 MI EAST OF ARPT. WX ANALYSIS INDICATED POTENTIAL FOR LIGHT TO MODERATE TURBULENCE BUT NOT SEVERE TO EXTREME TURBULENCE. PLTS LANDING AND DEPARTING ARPT PRIOR TO AND AFTER ACCIDENT REPORTED LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. RADAR SHOWED ACFT SPEED AT 183.1 KTS BETWEEN IAF AND FAF. BETWEEN FAF AND MISSED APCH POINT, ACFT SPEED WAS 95.7 KTS. PLT SAID HE REFERRED TO CURRENT COMMERCIAL INSTRUMENT APCH CHART WHILE EXECUTING APCH. ONLY OBSOLETE GOVERNMENT INSTRUMENT APCH BOOK WAS FOUND IN ACFT. RADIOS WERE NOT TUNED TO MISSED APCH NAVAIDS. PLT-RATED PAX SAID PLT PANICKED AFTER ENCOUNTERING TURBULENCE.

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

PILOT'S IMPROPER IFR PROCEDURE. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS INCLUDED MODERATE TURBULENCE, LOW CEILINGS, OBSCURATION AND SNOW.

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