Friday, February 22, 2019

Tecnam P92 Eaglet, N108TE: Accident occurred February 21, 2019 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Light Sport Aviation LLC

Aspen Flying Club

Accident Number: CEN19LA085
Date & Time: February 21, 2019, 14:30 Local
Registration: N108TE
Aircraft: Tecnam P92 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional
On February 21, 2019, about 1530 mountain standard time, a Tecnam P92 airplane, N108TE, collided with terrain near Englewood, Colorado. The flight instructor sustained a serious injury and the student pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned by Light Sport Aviation LLC and operated by the Aspen Flying Club under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated without a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.
According to information provided by the flight instructor, during the initial climb the airplane would not maintain the climb from runway 35. The instructor took control of the airplane, retracted the flaps, and reduced the attitude in order to gain airspeed. Perceiving a loss of engine power, the instructor turned to land on runway 10. During the turn the airplane descended and impacted a taxiway sign and tumbled to a stop.
The airplane was retained for further examination.
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: Tecnam
Registration: N108TE
Model/Series: P92 EA 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan
Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAPA,5883 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C /-13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 9000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 22000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.68 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: ENGLEWOOD, CO (APA)
Destination: ENGLEWOOD, CO (APA)
Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude:  39.563888,-104.843887 (est)


  1. I was in this accident and I'd like to correct some of your information. I had taken off runway 35R and experienced engine power loss. Therefore I brought the airplane back to 10/28 to do an emergency landing. My student was ok, but I was sent to the hospital.

  2. NTSB Ruled otherwise.... engine was making full power at impact

  3. Someone should have been held accountable for this one, NTSB really dropped the ball.

    1. Yeah mechanics who decided to quit and not show up for investigation.

    2. FAA came and barely looked it over, NTSB never came. It was completely overlooked and afaik no attempt from either to really look into it. Shika #9912 on discord for further questions