Accident description
Last updated: 20 December 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 9 January 1985
Time:07:01
Type:Lockheed L-188AF Electra
Operator:TPI International Airways
Registration: N357Q
C/n / msn: 1044
First flight: 1959
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D13
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 5 km NW from Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), United States of America
Destination airport:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), United States of America
Narrative:
After being vectored for a VOR runway 03 approach, a clearance was given to circle and land on runway 36 instead. Because the aircraft was high on the approach, a missed approach was initiated. After circling left, the aircraft became accidentally lined up with the nearby Fairfax Airport. The captain then took over control from the 1st officer, initiated a missed approach and climbed steeply to 3100 feet. At 3100 feet the Electra stalled and entered a steep descent and crashed into a public water treatment plant.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Airspeed..not maintained..pilot in command
Stall..inadvertent..pilot in command
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
Weather condition..low ceiling
Weather condition..fog
Light condition..dawn
IFR procedure..improper..copilot/second pilot
Supervision..inadequate..pilot in command
Became lost/disoriented..inadvertent..copilot/second pilot
Became lost/disoriented..inadvertent..pilot in command"

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB id. DCA85AA009

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-85-02-SUM
download report: NTSB/AAR-85-02-SUM

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Distance from Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI to Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO as the crow flies is 1000 km (625 miles).

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