Was it an accident waiting to happen? Federal aviation records indicate "yes".
The plane that plummeted headfirst near Centennial Airport Friday night had mechanical problems before, making an emergency landing 15 years ago after a propeller blade fell off one of its engines.
Many say that particular model, the Mitsubishi MU-2, is unsafe and difficult to maneuver at low altitudes and speeds.
According to the NTSB, it's been involved in 180 accidents in 36 years, causing 200 fatalities.
An investigator says air traffic controllers received a distress call from the pilot that night about engine problems.