Narrative:The Metro aircraft took off from runway 23 at 21:25 and climbed to 300 feet. The plane struck the water within 100 feet of the shoreline of a reservoir at a point 5100 feet west of the midpoint of runway 23R. The wreckage continued into wooded area.
Probable Cause:On December 13, 1988, the Safety Board determined the probable cause of the accident as follows: "The failure of the flight crew to maintain a proper flight path because of the first officer's inappropriate instrument scan, the captain's inadequate monitoring of the flight, and the flight crew's response to a perceived fault in the airplane's stall avoidance system (SAS). Contributing to the accident was the lack of company response to documented indications of difficulties in the first officer's piloting, and inadequate Federal Aviation Administration surveillance of AVAir."
Then-Board Members John K . Lauber and Joseph T. Nall provided concurring and dissenting statements in which they proposed that the probable cause should read as follows: "The failure of the flightcrew to maintain a proper flightpath in response to an actual or perceived fault in the airplane's stall avoidance system. Contributing to the accident were ineffective management and supervision of flightcrew training and flight operations, and ineffective FAA surveillance of AVAir."
On January 28, 1993, the Air Line Pilots Association's (ALPA) filed a petition for reconsideration and modification of the findings and probable cause. The NTSB granted the petition in part. The probable cause and was modified to read as follows:
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was a failure of the flight crew to maintain a proper flightpath. Contributing to the accident were the ineffective management and supervision of flight crew training and flight operations, and ineffective FAA surveillance of AVAir."
» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/89 (#22)
» NTSB Response to Petition for Reconsideration
Official accident investigation report
Follow-up / safety actions
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Distance from Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC to Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field), VA as the crow flies is 222 km (139 miles).