NTSB Identification: DEN84LA178.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24693.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 06, 1984 in DOVE CREEK, CO
Aircraft: BEECH V35A, registration: N7695N
Injuries: 2 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.

WHILE EN ROUTE, THE PLT ENCOUNTERED HAZY WX AFTER CROSSING THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. NEAR MONTROSE, CO, HE DEVIATED ABOUT 50 MI NORTH TO AVOID ADVERSE WX. HE WAS UNABLE TO GET THRU, SO HE PROCEEDED BACK TO MONTROSE TO SKIRT THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE WX. HE STATED THAT NEAR DOVE CREEK 'A STORM MOVED IN' & THE WX 'STARTED LOOKING BAD.' HE INITIATED A CLIMB FROM 8500 FT MSL TO 12,500 FT MSL & WAS 'TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE AREA' WHEN SEVERE TURBULENCE WAS ENCOUNTERED. HE STATED THAT HE WAS CLIMBING THRU 11,500 AT 110 KTS WHEN 'ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.' ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE TURBULENCE FLIPPED THE ACFT INVERTED & FORCED IT INTO A CLOUD BANK. HE SAID THE ACFT WAS CARRIED DOWN & UP SEVERAL TIMES, LOSING & GAINING ABOUT 2000 FT EACH TIME. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE RECOVERED AT ABOUT 10,550 FT & AFTER APRX ANOTHER 30 SECONDS IN THE TURBULENCE, HE PROCEEDED TO HIS DESTINATION. AFTER LANDING SEVERAL 'RIPPLE' WERE FOUND IN THE WING SKIN. LATER, A MORE THOROUGH EXAM REVEALED EXTENSIVE INTERNAL DAMAGE.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..MOUNTAIN WAVE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE

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