COS777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12260 times:
I'm not exactly sure why he tried to land at COS. Weather was below minimums and icing had been reported; not a good mix. The forecast yesterday morning was for it to be partly sunny by the time he got here, but it ended up being cold and foggy all day. Too bad he didn't divert to APA or PUB. The weather was much better in Denver (9SM & 12,000 Few), and APA is only an hour away by car and they flew right by coming from South Dakota. It's going to be a sad Christmas for the family they were coming to visit.
Compared to two people losing their lives it doesn't mean much, but COS was closed for 2 hours after the crash and people were bussed up to DEN during that time.
Aesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 8726 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3625 times:
Not enough info yet be it reminds me of a similar accident in France two months ago, a Mirage F1 pilot and aerobatics ace, taking the family on a small GA plane during bad weather and crashing. Maybe they feel a little too confident ?
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Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3469 times:
Quoting COS777 (Reply 4): The forecast yesterday morning was for it to be partly sunny by the time he got here, but it ended up being cold and foggy all day
There have been quite a few crashes due to pilots thinking the weather will improve, but didn't. You have to be very careful. Maybe he didn't have enough fuel to continue to an alternate. Yes, I am familiar with the FAR's about alternate airports. But you would think that with his flying experience, this wouldn't have happened!