Friday, January 28, 2022

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N543AS: Accident occurred December 08, 2021 at Blake Field Airport (KAJZ), Delta, 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; Salt Lake City

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

High Country Tree Galleries Inc

Location: Delta, Colorado
Accident Number: CEN22LA065
Date and Time: December 8, 2021, 15:00 Local 
Registration: N543AS
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N543AS
Model/Series: PA-24-250 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KAJZ,5193 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Delta, CO (AJZ)
Destination: Delta, CO (AJZ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.785603,-108.06201 (est)


  1. correct me if I am wrong but it seems that I read about far too many fuel management occurrences? I guess the prospective buyer passed on this one

    1. The bird's for sale listing contact info had it at a aircraft sales outfit in Grand Junction. The owner whose airmen registry address matches the aircraft registration address was not aboard according to the 6120.

      Surprising that a demo pilot with 15K hours experience wouldn't top off or dip-check the tanks. Might make for an interesting chain of responsibility in the damage reimbursement.

  2. With 15,000 hours of flight time you no longer need fuel...just the sight of you is all this is needed to defy the laws of gravity