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Tail numberC-GGBT
Accident dateDecember 20, 2008
Aircraft typeHawker Beechcraft 58P
LocationStonewall, CO
Near 37.089722 N, -105.173611 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On December 20, 2008, about 1951 mountain standard time, a twin-engine Beech 58P airplane, C-GGBT, was destroyed when it impacted terrain following a loss of control near Stonewall, Colorado. The private pilot and single passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by Mauroil International Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The 178-nautical mile cross-country flight originated from the Pueblo Memorial Airport, Pueblo, Colorado (PUB), at 1918 with the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF), Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the intended destination.

Reportedly, the airplane was in cruise flight at 18,000 feet mean sea level (MSL) when it began an "uncontrolled" descent toward an area of rising mountainous terrain. The last known radar position placed the airplane at 12,800 feet MSL and one mile east of Vermejo Peak (13,367 feet MSL). A short time later a ground fire was reported by a passing airplane in the vicinity of the accident airplane's last known coordinates.

The wreckage was located on December 21, 2008, at an elevation of approximately 12,000 feet MSL. A helicopter crew was able to approach the accident site and confirm that the occupants had been fatally injured before operations were suspended due to deteriorating weather conditions. Recovery efforts will resume when weather condition allow.

At 1952, the automated weather observing system at the San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman Field (ALS), Alamosa, Colorado, located 45 nautical miles northwest from the site of the accident, reported wind from 80 degrees at 6 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, clear of clouds, temperature 16 degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 7 degrees Fahrenheit, and a barometric pressure setting of 30.04 inches of Mercury.

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