NTSB Identification: DEN87FA219.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35349.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 16, 1987 in MILNER, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/17/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N1359S
Injuries: 3 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.

THE PLT WAS ON A FLT FM GREEN BAY, WI TO STEAMBOAT SPGS (SBS), CO, WITH STOPS AT SIOUX CITY & CHEYENNE (CYS). AT 2245, HE CONTACTED DENVER FSS, STATED HE WAS ON FINAL APCH TO SBS & SAID THE RWY LGTS HAD GONE OUT. HE THEN ASKED FOR THE FREQFOR 'PUTTING THEM BACK ON.' THE FSS SPECIALIST CHECKED THE ARPT DIRECTORY & FND NO FREQ LISTED FOR SBS, BUT TOLD THE PLT HE CLD 'TRY FREQ 122.8 . . .' SOON THEREAFTER, THE PLT SAID HE HAD LGTS & CANCELLED HIS FLT PLAN. AT 2251, THE ACFTHIT PWR LINES, CRASHED & BURNED APRX MIDWAY BTN SBS & THE YAMPA VALLEY ARPT AT HAYDEN (HDN), CO. THE CRASH SITE WAS IN AVALLEY AREA AT AN ELEV OF ABOUT 6000' MSL. ELEV OF THE ARPTS AT SBS & HDN WERE 6875' & 6597', RESPECTIVELY. THE RWY LGTSAT SBS WERE PRIVATELY OWNED BY ROCKY MOUNTAIN AIRWAYS & WERE TURNED OFF SOMETIME AFTER THE LAST FLT DEPD SBS AT 2025. THE RWY LGTS AT HDN WERE PLT CONTROLLED BY TUNING THE ACFT RADIO TO 122.8 MHZ & DEPRESSING THE MIKE BUTTON 3 TO 7 TIMES,DEPENDING ON THE DESIRED INTENSITY. THE FREQ AT SBS WAS ALSO 122.8 MHZ. NO PREIMPACT MECH PROBLEM WAS FND.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT




Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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