It just so happens that I was cleared to land #2 behind the incident airplane. I've been debating whether or not to give my very brief view of what I witnessed that day...
Let's start with the day before. We attempted to go to Greeley for breakfast, but it was so bad we wound up turning around and headed back to FTG. LLWS was all around us and we saw 40 - 50 kts winds a thousand feet off the ground.
The day of the incident the winds were out of the ENE. (we were using runway 080) I don't recall exactly what they were, but it was starting to get gusty and the winds were picking up (certainly above 15Kts) I headed out to do a few TNG's, I don't have the exact time, but it was somewhere after 10:00 AM.
I had taken off of runway 8 and was in left traffic for a TNG. The tower cleared me #2 after the RV ahead of me. I spotted him on final as I turned base, as I was making my base to final turn he seemed to be about to touch down. Wasn't paying too much attention as I was flying my plane....
The next thing I notice, is the incident aircraft is in a sharp left (90 degree) turn and headed for the grass. At that point, it APPEARED to me that it was still on all three legs. It didn't look like it nosed over till it hit the edge of the runway/grass. By that time I was on the radio to the tower, telling them the RV went off the runway and I was going around. FWIW that's all I saw.
A Photo of the plane being towed.
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