March 9, 2009, Golden, N.M., Grumman American AA-1B


At about 0540 Mountain time, the airplane impacted terrain, fatally injuring the private pilot and passenger. The two regularly flew the route as commuters. Instrument conditions prevailed.

A witness saw an airplane flying low in the vicinity of the departure airport at about 0530. She described light snow falling; the snow became heavy shortly thereafter and, as she crossed a ridgeline, she spotted a fire burning north of the highway and called 911. Emergency responders arrived and identified airplane wreckage in the fire.


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