Airplane Crash - Near Steamboat Springs, Coloado 12/04/1978

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Steamboat Springs, Coloado


Date12/04/1978
Time19:45
LocationNear Steamboat Springs, Coloado
OperatorRocky Mountain Airways
Flight #217
RouteSteamboat Springs - Denver
Typede Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
RegistrationN25RM
Cn/In387
Aboard22
Fatalities2
Ground0
SummaryForced to return to Steamboat Springs due to severe icing, the plane crashed into a 10,530 ft. mountain. Severe icing and strong downdraughts associated with a mountain wave which combined to exceed the aircraft's capability to maintain flight. Contributing to the accident was the Captain's decision to fly into probable icing conditions that exceeded the conditions authorized by company directives.

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