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Datum:Mittwoch 17 Januar 1990
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208A Cargomaster
Fluggesellschaft:Federal Express
Kennzeichen: N835FE
Werknummer: 20800091
Baujahr: 1986
Triebwerk: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:17 km (10.6 Meilen) SW of Leadville, CO (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), USA
Flug nach:Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ/KMTJ), USA
Flugnummer: 824
Flight 824 departed Denver at 06:42 for an IFR flight at FL180 to Montrose. The aircraft climbed to FL145 and maintained that altitude until crashing 50 feet (15 m) below the summit of the 14,221-ft (4350 m) Mount Massive. Toxicological tests revealed marijuana metabolite level of 37 ng/ml in urine and 1 ng/ml in blood. The pilot was once convicted in 1974 for possession of controlled substance, but had no other alcohol/drug convictions.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Diversion of the pilot's attention, resulting in an in flight collision with terrain during normal cruise flight."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 8 months
Accident number: DEN90FA043
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

» NTSB id DEN90FA043


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Distance from Denver International Airport, CO to Montrose County Airport, CO as the crow flies is 314 km (196 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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