On December 16, 1994, approximately 1545 mountain standard time, a Cessna 182R, N182X, was destroyed while maneuvering near Eagle Nest, Colorado. The airplane, operated by a fixed base operator and rented to the private pilot, was on a personal cross country flight. The flight was being flown on a visual flight rules flight plan and visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The pilot received serious injuries and the two passengers received minor injuries. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
According to the pilot, the flight had originated in Tulsa, Oklahoma, en route to Angle Fire, New Mexico, with a planned refueling stop in Clayton, New Mexico. After topping off the aircraft with fuel at Clayton, the flight departed direct to the Cimmaron VORTAC. The pilot stated that after Cimmaron, it was his intention to follow a road (State Highway 64) through a mountain pass to Angle Fire. The pilot and the passengers stated that they lost sight of the road where it made a sharp bend and the pilot turned the wrong way into rising terrain. The pilot stated that, at that point, the airplane developed a descent rate and that the "stall warning went off;" he was unable to arrest the aircraft's descent and the airplane was stalled into the tops of the trees.
One passenger walked out of the site after dark and directed rescuers back to the airplane. The rescuers and remaining survivors spent the night at the 9,000 foot elevation accident site, and were extracted by helicopter the following morning.