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Tail numberN97TS
Accident dateSeptember 18, 2008
Aircraft typePiper Aerostar PA-60-602P
LocationKremmling, CO
Near 40.052222 N, -106.416945 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On September 18, 2008, at 2024 mountain daylight time (MDT), N97TS, a twin-engine Piper Aerostar, PA-60-602P airplane was destroyed upon impact with terrain following a loss of control while maneuvering for landing at McElroy Airfield near Kremmling, Colorado. The private pilot and his passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the owner. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. An instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the 476-nautical mile cross-country flight that departed North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT) at 1710 pacific daylight time (PDT) with the destination at McElroy Airfield (K20V).

The airplane was observed on radar to have over flown over the airport from the southwest and turn to the west to maneuver into position for landing on runway 09. Several witnesses observed the airplane to the west of the airport indicating it was at a low altitude and appeared to initiate a turn that was followed by a "rapid descent" and impact with the ground.

The wreckage of the airplane was located in a meadow approximately 2 miles west of the airport. The airplane impacted the soft level terrain in a near vertical attitude remaining upright with a near zero forward groundspeed. The airplane was destroyed due to impact forces and post crash fire.

The weather at the destination at 1951 MDT, 31 minutes prior to the accident, was a scattered cloud layer at 6,000 feet, a broken layer at 6,500 feet, overcast at 8,500 feet, light rain showers, visibility 10 miles, temperature 10 degrees Celsius, dew point 4 degrees Celsius, and winds from 120 degrees at 6 knots.

The aircraft was recovered to Beegles Aircraft Services in Greeley, Colorado, for further examination.

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