The pilot’s friend reported that he planned to fly his recently purchased twin-engine Aerostar 601P over his friend’s home near Aurora, Colo., to show it to him and another friend.
The pilot’s friends and several other witnesses reported observing the pilot performing low-level, high-speed aerobatic maneuvers before the plane collided with trees and then terrain. The pilot died in the crash.
A 1.75-liter bottle of whiskey was found in the airplane wreckage.
A review of the pilot’s medical records revealed that he had a history of alcohol dependence but had reportedly been sober for almost four years.
Toxicological testing revealed that the pilot had a blood alcohol content of 0.252 milligrams of alcohol per deciliter of blood, which was over six times the limit (0.040) allowed for pilots operating an aircraft.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s operation of the airplane while intoxicated, which resulted in a loss of airplane control.
NTSB Identification: CEN14FA163
This March 2014 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.