One Dead, One Injured In Mountain Accident
Crews struggled for hours to reach the site of a Cessna 182
crash in Colorado's mountainous backcountry West of Denver on
Thursday. The crash occurred on Montana Mountain five miles from
Black Hawk in Gilpin county at an elevation of 9000 feet.
The crash occurred at approximately 1600 MDT on Thursday as the
aircraft (type shown above) was flying from Glenwood Springs, CO to
Boulder, CO. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus
says the pilot reported engine trouble before the plane dropped off
radar at 1545.
The deceased pilot was identified as Barry Maggert, 47, older
brother of PGA Golfer Jeff Maggert. Also injured in the crash was
passenger Jonathan Holton, 23.
Holton was lifted from the crash scene by an Air National Guard
Blackhawk helicopter from Buckley Air Force Base more than three
hours after the crash. He was flown to St. Anthony's Hospital in
Denver with a broken ankle.
The Associated Press reports rescuers used a snowcat, and
climbed a steep mountainside Friday to reach the remote crash site
and recover the body of the pilot.
The weather was reported as clear and sunny when the plane
crashed, but wind and threatening clouds swept in, hampering
efforts as rescuers plotted to reach the site by land and air.
Maggert and Holton were reportedly flying to attend the
graduation ceremony of Lee Maggert, the pilots son, from the
University of Colorado.
Jeff Maggert withdrew from the Players Championship tournament
in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on Thursday, due to the loss of his
Regis#: 8553S Make/Model: C182 Description: 182,
Date: 05/08/2008 Time: 2136
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air:
N Missing: N
City: IDAHO SPRINGS State: CO Country: US
PILOT REPORTED ENGINE TROUBLE, RADIO AND RADAR CONTACT LOST
AT 16,000', IDAHO SPRINGS, COLORADO
INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 1
# Crew: 1 Fat: 1 Ser: 0
Min: 0 Unk:
# Pass: 1 Fat: 0 Ser: 0
Min: 0 Unk:
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser:
0 Min: 0 Unk:
Activity: Business Phase: Cruise Operation:
FAA FSDO: DENVER, CO (NM03) Entry