NTSB Identification: DEN85LTE05.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28416.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 25, 1985 in ALAMOSA, CO
Aircraft: GORDON THORPE T-18, registration: N633GG
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT OF THE AMATEUR BUILT ACFT WAS ON A FLT TO ASHKOSH, WI WITH AN EN ROUTE STOP AT PUEBLO, CO. DUE TO WX IN THE PUEBLO AREA, HE DIVERTED TO ALAMOSA, CO. ON HIS 1ST APCH TO LAND ON RWY 20, HE MADE A GO-AROUND. ON HIS 2ND APCH, THE ACFT LANDED LONG & AT HIGH SPEED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT VEERED TO THE LEFT, WENT OFF THE RWY & WAS DAMAGED. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE WAS RELATIVELY INEXPERIENCE AT FLYING TAILWHEEL EQUIPPED ACFT, WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH HIGH ALT ARPT LANDINGS & HAD 'JUST LOST IT.'

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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