Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2008 Issue

May 8, 2008, Black Hawk, Colo., Cessna 182H

The airplane impacted terrain and was destroyed at approximately 1545 Mountain time following a partial loss of engine power. The private pilot was fatally injured and the passenger sustained serious injuries. Instrument conditions were reported by the passenger. In a statement, the passenger reported the airplane was cruising at 16,000 feet msl and entered clouds containing light snow. Thereafter, the airplane would not maintain altitude and its engine began to sputter. The passenger recalls that the pilot stated that they were experiencing a "mixture problem." The passenger stated the airplane would "nose over" as the pilot attempted to control it. The airplane impacted a mountain at 10,400 feet msl.

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