NTSB Identification: DEN82FA039
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 04, 1982 in ASPEN, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/04/1983
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N5755Q
Injuries: 1 Fatal,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.

THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A TREE ON TOP OF A 12,000 FOOT MOUNTAIN AFTER IT HAD DEPARTED ASPEN, EN ROUTE TO DENVER. THE AIRCRAFT SHOULD HAVE CLIMBED OVER THE MOUNTAIN WITHOUT PROBLEMS. THE PILOT ONLY REMEMBERS THE AIRSPEED DECAYING AND LOWERING FULL FLAPS PRIOR TO COLLIDING WITH THE TREE. BOTH OCCUPANTS RECEIVED ONLY MINOR INJURIES DURING THE ACCIDENT BUT WERE NOT RESCUED FOR THREE DAYS. THE PASSENGER DIED FROM HYPOTHERMIA AND THE PILOT RECEIVED SERIOUS FROST BITE OF BOTH FEET.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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