REPORT: Pilot Encountered Dust Devil Before Crash
By William Woody
DURANGO — A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board said the pilot of a single engine Cirrus SR22 airplane that crashed in Durango earlier this month encountered a “dust devil” before he crashed. The pilot was not injured.
The report, released last Friday, said the student pilot who crashed June 1st at the Animas Air Park near Durango had not filed a flight plan. The flight originated from the Santa Monica Municipal Airport in Santa Monica, California en route to Durango.
The crash occurred at 2:26 p.m. and the pilot was flying a visual approach to the airport.
The NTSB said, “according to the pilot, he encountered a “dust devil” while on final approach to Runway 01 at 00C. He applied power to go around, but the engine did not respond normally and the aircraft subsequently impacted the ground to the left of the runway. Both wings and the vertical stabilizer were substantially damaged by impact with ground obstacles.”
The weather observation station at Durango-La Plata County Airport (KDRO), Durango, Colorado, located about 6 miles southeast of 00C reported the following conditions at 1353: wind 270 degrees at 16 knots, with gusts to 24 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 27 degrees Celsius (C), dew point minus 14 degrees C, altimeter setting 30.08.
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