Saturday, September 26, 2020

Denney Kitfox Mk IV Speedster, N525PP: Accident occurred September 24, 2020 near Lake County Airport (KLXV), Leadville, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

After initial climb the airplane descended and tried to turn back to the airport but got too low and hit trees. 


Date: 24-SEP-20
Time: 20:05:00Z
Regis#: N525PP
Aircraft Make: KITFOX
Aircraft Model: SPEEDSTER
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
Operation: 91
City: LEADVILLE
State: COLORADO

3 comments:

  1. ? A kitfox, at Leadville? at 1pm? On the 24th, at 1:53pm, accident was at 2:05-ish, the temperature was 70 degrees and the winds were NW 13G21. DA calcs at 12,372'. As a crosscheck of the DA calc, today, as I type this, it's 1:12pm and the METAR says 64 degrees with a density altitude of 12,157'. Rwy choice is 16/34.

    Records indicate that the Kitfox had a 912 Rotax engine. I can imagine that climb performance sucked at that DA but really went downhill when he turned downwind.

    No track on FlightAware or Flightradar24 for the day of the accident.

    I know Kitfox aircraft are pretty peppy but if power was inadequate for a climb, ie he was descending, and then he turned downwind in 13G21 almost right on the tail, that gave the poor Kitfox no chance for success.

    As part of a mountain flying checkout I flew into Leadville, in the winter, with an instructor and one ride-along instructor, in a C182. It was an interesting takeoff and flying there for a mountain checkout served it's purpose.

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    1. Dang it... I meant to write "at 2pm?"

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    2. The accident pilot was not injured, so his mountain checkout served it's purpose in making him a better pilot. You had a brave ride-along instructor in your back seat when you went!

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