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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 9 June 1979
Time:14:51
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 99 Airliner
Operator:Skystream Airlines
Registration: N454SA
C/n / msn: U- 54
First flight: 1968
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) off Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX/KCGX), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX/KCGX), United States of America
Narrative:
Weather was very poor (visibility one mile or less, 400 feet ceiling in fog) as the Beech 99 approached Meigs Field. The pilot lost control of the plane, which then crashed into the water of Lake Michigan.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - initiated flight in adverse weather conditions
pilot in command - spatial disorientation
FACTORS:
weather - low ceiling
weather - fog

Sources:
» NTSB


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