Narrative:The DC-3 lost visual contact in ground fog while approaching Elko. It struck the ground 20 feet below the top of up sloping terrain, cleared the top and disintegrated and burned. Weather at the time of the accident included: ceiling measured 200 feet, thin overcast; lower thin scattered clouds at 100 feet; visibility 7 miles; wind ENE at 6 mph; altimeter setting 30.14.
|Date:||Thursday 5 December 2013|
|C/n / msn:|| 9214|
|First flight:|| 1943|
|Total airframe hrs:||2137|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 18|
|Total:||Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 21 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||4 km (2.5 mls) W of Elko, NV (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Cheyenne Airport, WY (CYS/KCYS), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Elko Airport, NV (EKO/KEKO), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's action in continuing a landing approach after having lost visual contract with the airport under conditions of dense ground fog. A contributing factor was the pilot's unfamiliarity with the terrain in the immediate vicinity of the airport."
» CAB File No. 2267-46
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Distance from Cheyenne Airport, WY to Elko Airport, NV as the crow flies is 915 km (572 miles).