Apparent pilot in recent crash near Centennial Airport had other mishaps
DENVER – The owner and apparent pilot of a twin-engine airplane that crashed near Centennial Airport on Saturday had been involved in two helicopter accidents and once flew his plane into a storm that damaged the aircraft, according to federal records.The Cessna 425 crashed Saturday evening on a return flight from Idaho just before it was to land, killing all four people inside.Douglas County authorities have not released the victims’ names, but the plane was registered to Stephan Gavit 62, of Littleton, whom friends said was the pilot.According to Federal Aviation Administration records, Gavit’s plane was heavily damaged when he flew through a May 2003 hailstorm near Pueblo en route from Arizona to Centennial Airport. He landed the plane safely, but the accident report said the incident was caused by the decision to fly into the storm.FAA and National Transportation Safety Board records show Gavit was flying a helicopter low over a high-altitude lake near Mount Evans in 2000 when one of the landing skids caught in the water, flipping the helicopter. Gavit suffered injuries including a broken leg, the records said. The accident report said the accident probably was caused by the pilot’s failure to maintain control, and cited altitude as a possible factor.In 1992, Gavit was flying another helicopter that made an emergency landing on a road in Lakewood. The NTSB said the likely cause of that accident was the pilot’s premature use of a control device.Gavit’s attorney, Richard Kaudy, said he was a good pilot.”He had many, many years’ experience,” Kaudy said. “He was a skilled pilot. He was meticulous about his equipment, meticulous about his maintenance and keeping it up.”It could take months for investigators to determine the cause of Saturday’s crash. No problems were found with the airport’s instrument-landing system.The family of Golden psychologist Ken Magid, 59, confirmed he was a passenger.Another passenger was believed to be Gavit’s grandson, but relatives declined to comment. The fourth victim was identified by his family as Brett Derosier, 28, an investment manager who grew up in Lakewood.Magid, a therapist at New West Physicians in Golden, was in Idaho to interview the inventor of the medical respirator for a project on healthy living, said his son, Aaron Magid, 25.Ken Magid produced a documentary about his mother, Kit Magid, who was a pilot in World War II, wrote several books and produced other documentaries, Aaron Magid said.”He was amazing, driven and passionate,” Aaron Magid said. “He never wasted a moment of his life.”Vail – Colorado
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