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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Fecha:viernes 20 enero 1989
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic CVLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-580
Operado por:Aspen Airways
Alquilado a :Sierra Pacific Airlines
Registración: N73160
Numéro de série: 336
Año de Construcción: 1956
Horas Totales de la Célula:54108
Motores: 2 Allison 501-D13H
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 26
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 29
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Buena Vista, CO (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Durango-La Plata Airport, CO (DRO/KDRO), Estados Unidos de América
The no. 2 engine failed at FL200 and the aircraft returned. The remaining no. 1 engine also failed and the aircraft landed on a dirt road, hit a fence and a log pile causing the nosegear to collapse.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadvertent deactivation of fuel to the left engine as the pilot was making a precautionary shutdown of the right engine, and his failure to follow the emergency checklist procedure. Related factors were: low gearbox oil pressure (at flight altitude), and uneven terrain that was encountered during the emergency landing."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: DEN89FA064
Download report: Summary report

» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/91 (#7)


photo of Convair-CV-580-N73160
accident date: 20-01-1989
type: Convair CV-580
registration: N73160

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 Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO to Durango-La Plata Airport, CO as the crow flies is 382 km (239 miles).

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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