Friday, January 22, 2016

Beech K35 Bonanza, N816R: Incident occurred January 22, 2016 near Steamboat Springs Airport (KSBS), Routt County, Colorado

Date: 22-JAN-16 
Time: 20:40:00Z
Regis#: N816R
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03
State: Colorado


Steamboat Springs — A woman walked away uninjured after the plane she was flying crashed near Steamboat Springs Airport. 

The crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. Friday in a meadow along Routt County Road 44 about one mile from Routt County Road 129. 

The pilot reported the plane lost power after taking off. At the crash scene north of the airport, it was visible where the plane brushed the snow and came to a stop about 50 yards away.

The pilot was able to shut off the fuel and hike through deep snow to meet airport workers, who gave her a ride back to the airport. There, she gave a statement to police.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine plane is a 1959 Beech K35 Bonanza registered to Mary Ashura-Smith.

The pilot did not want to discuss the incident with the media.

Airport manager Adam Kittinger confirmed the plane is based out of the Steamboat airport.

Kittinger was informing FAA and National Transportation Safety Board officials about the crash.

The last significant plane crash in Routt County occurred Jan. 25, 2015.

Mark Darling, of Eaton, was flying his Cessna 172F high-wing airplane alone from Baggs, Wyoming, to Greeley when he crashed on top of Green Creek between Sarvis Creek and Harrison Creek on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Darling said he was overcome with grief thinking about his son, Travis, who had died in a car crash two years before. He said he then wanted to die.

Before that, on Aug. 9, 2014, instructor William Earl Allen, 62, and his student, Terry Stewart, 60, were killed in a crash. Stewart was concluding a mountain flying training course with a five-leg, cross-country flight. The final leg of the flight was from Steamboat to Boulder.

Investigators determined the plane did not have enough altitude to navigate Rabbit Ears Pass.

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