June 9, 2005, Telluride, Colo. / Piper PA-34-200T Seneca


At approximately 0930 Mountain time the airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain 11 nm southwest of Telluride, Colo. Visual conditions prevailed for the scheduled domestic cargo flight; the Commercial pilot was fatally injured. Several witnesses fishing nearby heard an airplane fly over. Shortly thereafter, they heard a loud explosion and observed a rock slide, dust and plume of smoke. Due to rugged, unstable terrain and hazardous weather, recovery operations were suspended until conditions improve.


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