Less than two weeks after a fatal airplane crash north of Cedaredge, a second plane went down killing the pilot, Jason Cook, 36, of Montrose.
The accident occurred Friday, Nov. 29. Cook flew from Montrose to Blake Field near Delta.
He took off at about 8 a.m. Friday morning with plans to meet a party at the Crawford airport for training. When he was reported overdue, a pilot from Blake Field went looking for him. At about 5 p.m., dispatch received notice of a downed plane three and a half miles northeast of Blake Field. The Delta County Sheriff's Office and Delta County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, where they found the pilot deceased. He was the lone occupant of the plane, a Cessna 182 Skylane. There was no fire.
Debris was spread across the 'dobies for several hundred feet, Sheriff Fred McKee reports. He said an initial report from the NTSB indicates the plane had fuel and was under power with the flaps up. Conditions were cloudy and foggy at the time of the accident.
After the DCI went to press last Tuesday, Delta County coroner Kevin Lucy provided an update on the pilot killed in the Nov. 19 crash above Cedaredge. Tari Taricco, the sole occupant of the plane, was 57 years of age, not 62 as stated in the Nov. 27 article. He was a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board states the airplane, a Cessna T210M, was registered to and operated by Montana National Incorporated. The flight departed from Torrance, Calif., at 2:48 p.m., destined for Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (KASE).
The airplane was inbound to KASE at 13,500 feet mean sea level (MSL), with the pilot receiving visual flight rules (VFR) flight following services from Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center. The pilot requested an instrument flight rules (IFR) clearance about 55 miles southwest of KASE. The controller issued an IFR clearance to KASE at 15,000 feet MSL and requested the pilot transmit flight plan information.
While the pilot was transmitting the requested flight plan information, the controller observed on the radar screen that the airplane made a left turn away from the assigned clearance. When the controller inquired as to the airplane's heading, the pilot stated that his autopilot had disconnected. The controller subsequently issued the pilot a heading back toward KASE, which the pilot accepted. The airplane continued to turn left and made a rapid descent. Both radar and radio contact were subsequently lost.
The weather observation station at Blake Field Airport in Delta, located about 14 miles southwest of the accident site, reported the following conditions just minutes before the plane crashed at 6:17 p.m. — wind 120 degrees at four knots, visibility 10 miles, broken clouds at 5,000 feet above ground level, overcast clouds at 6,500 feet, temperature 7 degrees Celsius, dew point negative 2 degrees Celsius. An Airmen's Meteorological Information (AIRMET) for moderate turbulence and icing was active in the area of the accident.
Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor described the conditions as dark, cloudy and rainy.
On-site wreckage examination revealed a post-impact fire had consumed a majority of the airplane. Several components of the airplane were found separated from the main wreckage. The largest of these components, a 15-foot outboard section of the left wing, was found about 1,450 feet to the northwest of the main wreckage. The location of the wing has been reported as an indication the plane was breaking up in the air. Dark, cloudy and rainy The airplane was retained for further examination.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula News reports Tarrico was president of the Taricco Corp., which provides welding repair and industrial supplies. He is survived by his wife Maureen, two children and his mother.blog comments powered by Disqus