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Date:Tuesday 27 February 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208A Cargomaster
Operator:Federal Express
Registration: N820FE
MSN: 20800043
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:3227
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4,8 km (3 mls) from Denver International Airport, CO (DEN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Aspen Airport, CO (ASE/KASE), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
The Cessna Caravan was on an IFR flight to haul freight from Aspen (ASE) to Denver-Stapleton (DEN). Moderate to heavy icing conditions were forecast for the Denver area. While on an ILS runway 36 approach, the aircraft encountered icing conditions. Subsequently, it entered a steep descent and crashed short of the runway. The weather at Denver was reported as: clouds 800 feet scattered, 1000 feet broken, visibility 4 miles with freezing drizzle and snow showers, temperature 28 degrees F, dew point 25 degrees F.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accumulation of structural ice and subsequent stalling of the aircraft. The icing condition was a related factor."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Accident number: DEN90FA068
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Aspen Airport, CO to Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO as the crow flies is 180 km (113 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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