Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 4 March 1987
Time:14:34
Type:CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Operating for:Fischer Brothers Aviation
Leased from:Northwest Airlink
Registration: N160FB
C/n / msn: 160
First flight: 1980-04-21 (6 years 11 months)
Total airframe hrs:12918
Cycles:24218
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10R-511C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH (CLE/KCLE), United States of America
Destination airport:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), United States of America
Flightnumber:2268
Narrative:
At 14:30 the flight was cleared for a runway 21R visual approach and was cleared to land one minute later, At a height of 60-70 feet the aircraft suddenly yawed violently to the left and banked left 80-90 degrees in a descent. The aircraft then rolled right and struck the ramp area 1010 feet inside and to the left of the runway 21R threshold. It then skidded 398 feet, struck three ground support vehicles in front of Gate F10 at Concourse F and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's inability to control the airplane in an attempt to recover from an asymmetric power condition at low speed following his intentional use of the beta mode of propeller operation to descend and slow the airplane rapidly on final approach for landing. Factors that contributed to the accident were an unstabilized visual approach, the presence of a departing DC-9 on the runway, the desire to make a short field landing, and the higher-than-normal flight idle fuel flow settings of both engines. The lack of fire-blocking material in passenger seat cushions contributed to the severity of the injuries."

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Aviation Letter 245
» NTSB/AAR-88/08

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - USA
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-88-08
report released:14-SEP-1988
duration of investigation:560 days (1 year 6.5 months)
download report: Fischer Bros. Aviation, Inc. dba NW Airlink, Flight 2268 Construcciones Aeronautics, S.A. (CASA) C-212-CC, N160FB, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan March 4, 1987. (NTSB/AAR-88-08)

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 16 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH to Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI as the crow flies is 152 km (95 miles).

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