November 11, 2011
The pilot of a twin-engine plane died in a crash Thursday south of Alamosa, Colorado. According to the Valley Courier, the aircraft went down around 4:15 in the afternoon, shortly after take off.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that the Cessna 337 went down under “unknown circumstances” in a field near County Roads 11 South and 109, about two miles south of SLV Regional Airport-Bergman Field. Alamosa County Sheriff, Dave Stong, said that the pilot had just left the airport and was headed to Salida in Chaffee County when the crash occurred. He added that the pilot died upon impact in the crash.
Major accident causes according to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s General Aviation Accident Analysis Book--For the Years 1982-1989, the Cessna 337 series had a total of 79 accidents, resulting in 63 major injuries and 33 aircraft destroyed. Most accidents occurred in the cruise phase of flight accounting for 39.3 percent of accidents. Of those, 21.4 percent were caused by fuel exhaustion (an additional 3.6 percent from fuel mismanagement), and 12.5 percent were weather related. Mechanical problems were the primary cause in 10 accidents; two were caused by an engine failure, five by the landing gear or brakes, and three by the fuel system.
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