NTSB Identification: DEN83FA040
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, December 27, 1982 in ASPEN, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 404, registration: N5301J
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Serious,3 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 RIGHT FRONT SEAT PAX, WHO IS A PRIVATE PLT, STATED THAT THE PLT DID NOT USE TAKEOFF FLAPS. THE ACFT LIFTED OFF AT ABOUT 85K & IMMEDIATELY STARTED BUFFETING. THE ACFT THEN IMPACTED A HIGHWAY IN A NOSE HIGH, LEFT WING LOW ATTITUDE & COLLIDED WITH A ROCK FACE MOUNTAIN. ACCORDING TO THE ACFT OPERATING MANUAL THE RATE-OF-CLIMB/MAXIMUM CLIMB CHART INDICATES THAT (WITH WING FLAPS UP AT A DENSITY ALT OF 6,000 FT) THE ACFT REQUIRED A CLIMB SPEED OF 103K. FLAPS UP LIFT OFF SPEED IS 95K.

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

AIRSPEED(VLOF)..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE

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