NTSB Identification: DEN83FA039
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 26, 1982 in LEADVILLE, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/26/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172A, registration: N7611T
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Serious.

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.

WHEN A WITNESS ARRIVED AT THE ARPT, THE ACFT WAS AT THE FUEL PUMPS & THE PLT HAD THE PREHEATER ATTACHED. THE WITNESS RPRTD THERE WAS FROST ON THE ACFT & THE PLT BRUSHED THE LOOSE FROST OFF WITH HIS HANDS. THE PLT ASKED FOR A WINDOW SCRAPER, WHICH WAS PROVIDED, BUT THE WITNESS DID NOT KNOW WHAT HE DID WITH IT. AFT REFUELING, THE PLT STARTED THE ENG & REMAINED ON THE RAMP A SHORT TIME BFR TAXIING. A TKOF WAS INITIATED FROM THE 5300 FT RWY IN CALM WND CONDS. THE ELEV & TEMP WERE 9927 FT MSL & 2 DEG F. REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT ROLLED FOR MORE THAN 3/4 OF THE RWY LENGTH BEFORE BCMG AIRBORNE. THE WITNESS RPRTD THAT AFTER LIFT-OFF, THE ACFT DID NOT GAIN ALTITUDE, BUT REMAINED LOW, BGN A LFT TURN, THEN WENT DOWN.ANOTHER WITNESS OBSVD THE ACFT FALL FROM A LOW ALT & CRASH IN A LFT WING LOW ATTITUDE. A PAX RPRTD THE PLANE SEEMED TO SLOW DWN & LOSE ALT AFT TKOF, AS IF IT WAS TOO HVY. HOWEVER, DISREGARDING ANY FROST/ICE, THE ACFT WAS ESTIMATED 88 LBS BLO THE MAX WT LMT. NO PREIMPACT, MECHANICAL FAILURE WERE FOUND WITH THE AIRFRAME OR ENG.

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

WING..ICE

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

ICE/FROST REMOVAL FROM AIRCRAFT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


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