NTSB Identification: CEN12FA594
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 31, 2012 in Rye, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N3031M
Injuries: 2 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.

While maneuvering in mountainous terrain at high density altitude conditions, the pilot impacted a ridge area. An evaluation of the terrain near the accident site and the performance capabilities of the airplane indicated that the pilot selected a route of flight toward rising terrain that the airplane could not climb sufficiently quickly to avoid. Examination of the airframe, engine, and propeller did not reveal any preimpact failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot’s selection of a flightpath toward rising terrain that exceeded the climb capability of the airplane.

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