Unstable Winds Contributed To Fatal Plane Crash In Montrose County

Authorities have completed the investigation into the crash of an ultralight vehicle in western Montrose County paradox that left two people dead. Jonathan Doughtery, 25, and Adrian Dicken, 57, were flying the craft in the Paradox Valley near Bedrock.

An accident investigation report was released Friday revealing that the cause of the crash was unstable wind conditions which caused structural failure resulting in the crash. The report states that Dicken, the pilot, encountered flight conditions beyond his ability to control the craft. A wind gust forced the wing upward at an abnormal rate while supporting the weight of the occupants and undercarriage.

This combination caused an in–flight breakup of the ultralight. The report also stated that the crash happened in just a few brief seconds and the pilot was taken by surprise and had no notice of the impending disaster.

According to the report, Dicken was an experienced ultralight pilot acquiring more than 420 hours of flight time as a pilot and instructor, but there is no evidence that he obtained a waiver to instruct or carry passengers as an operator, which is required by regulation.

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