NTSB Identification: DEN05CA136.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 09, 2005 in Telluride, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Cessna T207A, registration: N207GR
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While attempting to climb over rising terrain, the airplane encountered downdrafts, stalled, and impacted terrain. The pilot flew the airplane at an altitude of 10,600 feet msl toward the leeward side of a ridge after departure from the local airport. The pilot reported the airplane had a "good rate of climb" until reaching the ridge line and then encountered downdrafts. Upon reaching the ridge, the airplane stopped climbing and began a descent. The pilot raised the nose of the airplane in an attempt to clear the ridge and he heard the stall warning horn. Subsequently, the airplane stalled and impacted terrain approximately 200 feet below the ridge line.

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

the pilot's improper in-flight planning/decision and failure to maintain aircraft control. Contributing factors were the pilot's failure to maintain airspeed which resulted in an inadvertent stall, and the rising terrain and encounter with downdrafts.

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