Accident Cessna 404 Titan N8919G, Saturday 3 August 1996
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Date:Saturday 3 August 1996
Time:07:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C404 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 404 Titan
Owner/operator:Superior Aviation, Inc.
Registration: N8919G
MSN: 4040098
Year of manufacture:1977
Total airframe hrs:10624 hours
Engine model:CONTINENTAL GTSIO-520-M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Benton Harbor, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Kalamazoo, MI (KAZO)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot said that during the landing approach, the flight visibility was inadequate for landing, and he aborted the landing. Witnesses observed the airplane touch down long and fast, then it entered fog that shrouded the runway. Subsequently, the airplane collided with trees, then impacted on marshland about 70 feet below the runway elevation. No mechanical anomalies were found with the airplane or engines that would prevent flight. On the day before the accident, the pilot's duty day began at 0500. He had a 9-hour rest period (during the day) that did not involve any sleep. The pilot said that after work on the day before the accident, he arrived home about 2300. His wife said he awoke about 0230 on the accident date, then he returned to bed and arose between 0430 and 0500, departing for work about 0530. During his regular duty day rest period, the pilot would drive a total of 4 hours to and from his home each day. The pilot said he would generally get to bed about 2300 to 2330, arising about 0430 each work day. Also, he said he needed between 6 and 8 hours of sleep at night.

Probable Cause: the pilot's delay in initiating a go-around after not attaining the proper touchdown point during the landing, and his failure to remain clear of obstructions (trees) during the go-around. Factors relating to the accident were the adverse weather condition (fog and low ceiling), pilot fatigue, and the proximity of trees to the runway.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI96LA266
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
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15-Sep-2023 07:52 Ron Averes Updated
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