Friday, August 09, 2019

de Havilland DH.60GM Gipsy Moth, N919DH: Accident occurred August 07, 2019 in Cortez, Montezuma County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Cortez, CO
Accident Number: CEN19LA260
Date & Time: 08/07/2019, 1945 MDT
Registration: N919DH
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 7, 2019, about 1945 mountain daylight time, a Moth DH60GM airplane, N919DH, experienced a loss of engine performance after departure from a private airstrip near Cortez, Colorado. The airplane struck a tree and subsequently impacted the ground in a nose-down position. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane received substantial damage to the left and right wings, the horizontal stabilizers, and the nose structure. The airplane was privately owned and operated under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DE HAVILLAND
Registration: N919DH
Model/Series: DH60
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time: 1853 MDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:

A pilot and a passenger survived a plane crash Wednesday night southwest of Mancos.

The crash was reported about 8 p.m. in a remote area south of County Road J and west of County Road 41, said Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin.

The pilot and the passenger were taken by ground to a hospital. Both suffered injuries but are expected to survive, he said.

He declined to identify the crash victims other than to say they are residents of Montezuma County.

He described the plane as a single-engine antique airplane.

The plane took off from an airstrip south of the crash site and was returning when the crash occurred, Nowlin said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified. The pilot was apparently able to describe the crash, but Nowlin preferred those details come from the FAA.

He said the crash site “didn’t look too bad,” but was “more than a hard landing.”

“I’m glad they’re alive,” Nowlin said. “They’re lucky; really lucky.”

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