Accident Beechcraft 58TC Baron N117HS, Wednesday 18 July 2001
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Date:Wednesday 18 July 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic B58T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 58TC Baron
Owner/operator:270 West Main Inc.
Registration: N117HS
MSN: TK-21
Year of manufacture:1976
Total airframe hrs:4179 hours
Engine model:Teledyne Continental TSIO-520-LB
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Sidney, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Buffalo, NY (BUF)
Destination airport:Sidney, NY (N23)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot had conducted two VOR approaches to the airport, each to a missed approach. After the second missed approach, the controller queried the pilot if the missed approach was due to fog. The pilot advised the controller that "…there's pockets in and out but I can't get the runway in sight..." The pilot then requested, and was cleared, for a third approach. The controller requested the pilot to contact the advisory frequency at the airport, which the pilot complied. No further radio transmissions were received from the airplane. The airplane came to rest in a wooded area about 2 miles northwest of the airport, at an elevation of 1,679 feet msl. The wreckage path was orientated on a 245-degree bearing. The missed approach point for the VOR approach was located at the runway threshold. The missed approach procedure required the pilot to initiate a climbing right turn to 3,400 feet, then proceed back to the northeast, to an intersection located about 5.2 miles northeast of the airport, and hold. An FAA inspector flew the runway 25 VOR approach the day of the accident. No abnormalities with the navigation or airport facilities were noted. Review of the Airport Facility Directory revealed an airport remark for N23 that stated, "Numerous hills surround arpt up to 800 ft above arpt elevation." Witnesses described the weather about the time of the accident as "heavy fog" with the mountains surrounding the airport completely obscured.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to follow IFR procedures which resulted in a collision with rising terrain. Factors related to the accident were the rising terrain and fog.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC01FA178
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 11:51 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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