Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2010 Issue

July 8, 2010, Estes Park, Colo., Champion 8KCAB Decathlon

At approximately 1430 Mountain time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted mountainous terrain. The two pilots sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. While crossing a mountain pass, the pilot attempted a 360-degree turn to gain additional altitude but flew into a strong downdraft that he could not escape. The pilot said the airplane was descending very steeply even with full power and with the airspeed at best rate of climb speed.

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