Airplane Crash - Mt. Trelease, Near Silver Plume, Colorado 10/02/1970

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Mt. Trelease, near Silver Plume, Colorado


Date10/02/1970
Time12:00
LocationMt. Trelease, near Silver Plume, Colorado
OperatorCharter, Golden Eagle Aviation Inc.
Flight #108
RouteWichita - Denver - Logan, Utah
TypeMartin 404
RegistrationN464M
Cn/In14151
Aboard40
Fatalities30
Ground0
SummaryTwo charter planes took off Wichita for a flight to Logan, Utah via Denver. The flight was uneventful to Denver. The crew of N464M decided to fly a sceniroute the rest of the way to Logan. The aircraft, which was overloaded by 5,165 lbs. , flew into a box canyon. Confronted with steeply rising terrain, the pilot made a sharp bank trying to turn around in the narrowing valley and stalled, crashing into a mountainous forested area on Mt. Trelease. Numerous members and staff of the Wichita State Football team were killed. The pilot had only 123 total hours in a Martin 404, the copilot 30 hours. Intentional operation of the aircraft over a mountain valley route at an altitude from which the aircraft could neither climb over the obstructing terrain ahead, nor execute a successful course reversal. Other factors included overloaded conditions, lack of a flight planning and minimum qualifications of the crew.

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