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Fatal plane crash video released 25 years after it happened

Raw video.Colorado.This video is 6 minutes long but captures the events but shows the kind of eeriness surrounding the crash and what led to it.

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Document #1 -- The tragic tale of the missing Cessna L-19E

Cessna serial number 24527 - FAA Reg. Number N4584A - January, 2009 Intended Flight Route: Granby, Colorado to (Jeffco County) Denver, Colorado. Lost: August 10th, 1984 at approx. 13:00 hours Found: August 23rd, 1987, near Tabernash, Colorado

It’s a very tragic tale – unwittingly caught on film by the gentleman who died in the crash along with a friend riding in the back seat. It was first shown to me (along with many others) at an FIRC (Flight Instructor Renewal Clinic) over 20 years ago.

The family of the deceased had put a 20-year moratorium (via the FAA) on the release of the film to the general public with the only stipulation that it (at the FA

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Added: Aug-6-2009 Occurred On: Aug-10-1984
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Location: Granby, Colorado, United States (load item map)
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  • He really screwed Ronnie...

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  • very sad

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  • From the point on the pilot says "very pretty - light" above the lake he seems to be distracted to one side while flying into the mountain ahead until its to late for a right turn.A left turn would have been my decision.

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    • Yeah that's what I was thinking... a left turn should have got him out of it. Why he turned right is beyond me.

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    • He would have stalled either way.

      Check the 5th paragraph of the big wall-of-text
      above the video.

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    • Can't any of you idiots be bothered to read?

      The plane was at max service ceiling - it doesn't matter which way you would have turned, you would have lost life and altitude regardless.

      You can't turn out of max ceiling, you just have to pray there aren't mountains right below you.

      100% pilot error in getting into that situation in the first place.

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    • I disagree. He turned into the slope rather than away from it. He could've done a left turn much more gradual. Therefore he would've prevented a stall.

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  • Strange, I fly for a hobby, that engine at times sounded a bit sick, secondly he was flying far too low but why in the end he stall's it is beyound me, good find JD

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    • You have to read the wall of text. It wasn't so much that he was flying low, but that the terrain was rising to meet him.

      Eventually, he was well above the planes maximum service ceiling (relative to sea level), and the air was too thin for the plane to maintain a good rate of climb. The engine was normally aspirated, and it began to starve.

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    • Maybe you should read all the text first before you say something stupid like you just did, mr. "hobby flyer".

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    • he was flying in Colarado
      if im not mistaken the altitude is something like 10,000 ft above sea level
      by the time you add mountains im sure he would be exceeding his ceiling limits.

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    • He may have had a pretty good head wind which slowed his ability to climb and when he made his turn he not only lost his speed but was now facing a tail wind which helped push the plane into a quicker decent.. just a guess as I'm not a pilot.

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    • It stalled because he performed a steep turn when the aircraft was already operating above it's flight limitations. A turn creates additional drag, the amount of which is proportional to the angle of the turn.

      A normal 2 minute turn would likely not have stalled the wings but in this case it looks like he boxed himself in and panicked.

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  • Almost chilling. Appreciated the very thorough info provided. At least these two deaths have helped to prevent future occurrences.

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  • I have NEVER seen so many pilots / aviation exports in one place... bunch of posers!

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    • Perhaps there are a few "posers" in here, but some of us are actually licensed pilots. I earned my PP/SEL airman's certificate in 1982 and have been at it ever since. Earned my USPA (and U.S. and Chinese) parachutist wings long before that, which means I am intimately familiar with the effects of density altitude <g>.

      Happy landings!

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  • Rip :(

    poor guy

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  • 1) Don't fly outside your airplane's operating limits;
    2) Pay attention to density altitide, *especially* when you're pushing the envelope;
    3) Be aware that tight turns--especially at higher density altitudes--can induce an accelerated maneuver stall at even a relatively high speed;
    4) Don't ever fly too far into a closed-ended (box) canyon.

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    • Sounds like somebody else knows how many more ways he screwed up besides whats in the report. He had to have known he was going after the edge even without instruments. Waaaay before he ever got to his turn around point. Maybe just showing off to his friend in the back or he was an idiot. His bank was horrible given that situation. Maybe just panic after he realized he went too far with the extra weight....

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    • You forgot; Kiss your wife goodbye.

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  • Ghosts from the past. voted

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  • RIP This is one of the best post ever on LL. Thanks for sharing. As a private pilot this video will be in the back of my mind as I fly low & slow. I seen that coming before the pilot did. A stall warning horn is never a good thing that low & slow in SUPER thin air.

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  • That's what Nancy Reagan always said to her husband...."Damn, hang on Ronnie!"

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  • this is why we do performance planning before EVERY flight, civilians don't have to...over weight/out of CG/high DA/high alt all contributed...

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  • How very sad; hearing the last words of someone always pulls at my heartstrings. I wonder if he knew he was going to die or if there was a flicker of hope at that point. Like, "maybe if we hold on, we'll be alright?"
    Sad they were there for 3 years!

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  • So, this is how suddenly death will find us. RIP.

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  • Very good find - man it was all over very quick though huh...

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  • Very creepy.

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  • I guess its easy to forget your altitude above sea level when you're in mountains and your relative altitude isn't very high. Doesn't matter how close you are to the land, but how dense the air is. I was surprised just how quick the final fatal stall happened. Also, I don't think the plane inverted because of the stall, but because it clipped a tree.

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  • Thanks for the upload, very sad video indeed.
    I hold a ppl and don't understand the actions taken by the pilot. That engine sounded very rough, similar to when you need to lessen the mixture at higher altitudes. I would have been very concerned with that and would have been looking for a place to land. Why did he turn to the right into higher ground, there was more sky to his left so if he was in fact at his ceiling and thus low airspeed he should have accounted for this and planned a gentle lef More..

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  • I hope this never happens again

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  • ...and just in the blink of an eye, it was all over. Dense forest, I can see why it wasnt found for a long time.

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  • How long did it take them to die? I think they could have survived the initial impact with some fatal injuries.

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