Accident Beechcraft D95A Travel Air N5918S, Thursday 6 January 2000
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Date:Thursday 6 January 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE95 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft D95A Travel Air
Owner/operator:Superior Aviation Inc.
Registration: N5918S
MSN: TD653
Total airframe hrs:8924 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-360-B1B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Dunbar, WI -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Huntsville, AL (HSV)
Destination airport:Iron Mountain, MI (IMT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane impacted the wooded terrain at approximately 0340 cst about 7.8 nm from the airport while inbound on the localizer course of an ILS Rwy 1 approach. The FAF was located at 5.0 nm from the runway. On the day prior to the accident, the pilot had flown a Part 135 flight that had departed at 1732 and landed at 2227. The pilot reported to ground personnel that the airplane's heater had not worked during the flight and that he was cold. The heater was serviced and successfully ground checked for operation. The Part 91 positioning flight departed at 2339. The pilot reported to ATC that the airplane was established on the localizer course at 3,200 feet msl, and that the airplane was picking up '... some pretty good moderate ice... .' The wreckage path covered about 400 feet on a heading of about 002 degrees. The fuselage, cockpit, and inboard wings were consumed by fire. The landing gear was extended. The examination of the airplane revealed no pre-existing anomalies.
Probable Cause: the pilot failed to maintain a proper glidepath and obstacle clearance during an instrument approach. Additional factors to the accident included the dark night, icing conditions, flight into known adverse weather, and conditions conducive to pilot fatigue.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI00FA057
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:18 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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