Accident Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N227DM, Friday 3 March 1995
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Date:Friday 3 March 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Owner/operator:DMC Flying Service
Registration: N227DM
MSN: 208B0364
Year of manufacture:1993
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,2 km SSE of Gainesville-Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, GA (GVL) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV)
Destination airport:Gainesville-Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, GA (GVL/KGVL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flight was executing the non-precision NDB approach to runway 04 at Gainesville (GVL), had reported procedure turn inbound, and was cleared to change to advisory frequency. Witnesses observed the airplane descend out of the base of the overcast clouds in a 10 degree nose down, 45 degree left wing down attitude. the airplane impacted terrain SSE of the airport. Witnesses in the area reported that the weather was ceilings of about 100 feet and visibility of about 500 feet in light rain and fog. The minimum descent altitude for the approach is 465 feet agl.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilots failure to maintain the minimum descent altitude during the approach. the weather and dark night light condition were factors."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ATL95FA057
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report


NTSB id ATL95FA057


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