Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2003 Issue

January 24, Denver, Colo. / Piper Cheyenne and Cessna 172

At 1722 mountain time, a Cessna 172P and a PA-31T collided in midair over Denver. The pilot and two passengers aboard the Cessna and the two pilots aboard the Piper were killed. Six people on the ground suffered minor injuries from falling debris. The Cessna had departed Centennial Airport about 22 minutes earlier, bound for Cheyenne, Wyo. The Piper departed Jeffco Airport about 12 minutes earlier, bound for Centennial. The Piper was flying VFR to the southeast in Class E airspace at 7,800 feet squawking a discrete transponder code and under radar contact, but the airplane’s Mode C altitude readout was apparently missing. The Cessna departed VFR northbound and was cleared into Class B airspa...

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