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Tail numberN71276
Accident dateNovember 11, 2008
Aircraft typeCessna 182M
LocationBasalt, CO
Near 39.382223 N, -106.556944 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On November 11, 2008, about 1530 Mountain Standard Time, a single-engine Cessna 182, N71276, was destroyed upon impact with terrain following a loss of control while in cruise flight near Thomasville, Colorado. The private pilot, sole occupant of the airplane was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to private individual and operated by the pilot. A flight plan was not filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. The 260-nautical mile planned cross-country flight originated from the Rock Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC) Denver, Colorado with Price, Utah (PUC) as its intended destination.

The airplane was the subject of an ALNOT (alert notice) for a missing airplane, and a search was initiated. The airplane was located on November 12, 2008, inside the Holy Cross Wilderness area, in rugged terrain.

A preliminary report of the airplane's radar track shows the airplane heading westbound at an altitude of 14,800 feet. Prior to disappearing from radar at 1530, the airplane appeared to make a rapid decent.

At 1553, the automated weather observing system at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport/Sardy Field (ASE), Aspen, Colorado, calm wind, 10 miles visibility, a broken clouds at 2,400 feet, and overcast sky at 6,000 feet, temperature 35-degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 29-degrees Fahrenheit, and an altimeter setting of 30.09 inches of Mercury.

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