NTSB Identification: DEN84FA303.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27112.
Accident occurred Friday, September 28, 1984 in PAONIA, CO
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-310, registration: N7205L
Injuries: 1 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 ACFT WAS FLYING AT A VERY LOW ALT OVER MOUNTANOUS TERRAIN. AS THE ACFT APPROACHED A CREST OF A RIDGE THE ACFT STARTED TO BUFFET AND THEN ENCOUNTERED A DOWNSLOPE WIND CONDITION. THE COMBINATION OF APPROACHING A STALL AND ENCOUNTERING A DOWNDRAFT FORCED THE AIRCRAFT INTO TREES.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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