ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174903
Last updated: 27 December 2020
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172K Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Charles K. Richards
Registration: N78035
C/n / msn: 17257468
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Boulder, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Longmont, CO (2V2)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Radar data indicates that the pilot was airborne for approximately 34 minutes when he began squawking 7700 (emergency transmission). Witnesses said the airplane flew straight and level into the mountain. The pilot's wife said that he was being treated for depression. A psychotherapist reported that the pilot had been seeing her for approximately 2 and a half months, twice a week, for severe depression. She said he was also taking an anti-depressant medication. She further stated that the pilot told her that if "he killed himself, he would do it in a plane, and crash it with only himself in it." On March 7, 2002, the Boulder County coroner ruled the pilot's manner of death as suicide.
Probable Cause: the pilot's intentional suicidal flight into terrain. Contributing factors were the pilot's psychological depressive state, and his use of inappropriate medication.



Revision history:

28-Mar-2015 19:33 harro Added
21-Mar-2016 16:04 beaverspotter Updated [Cn]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 15:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description