Accident description
Last updated: 17 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 29 January 1990
Time:21:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Airborne Express
Registration: N4688B
C/n / msn: 208B-0169
First flight: 1989
Total airframe hrs:371
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) SE of Burlington International Airport, VT (BTV) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Burlington International Airport, VT (BTV/KBTV), United States of America
Destination airport:Albany Airport, NY (ALB/KALB), United States of America
Narrative:
The Caravan was overloaded by 360 lbs (163 kg) structurally and 1100lbs (500 kg) for flight in icing conditions. With moderate snow falling, the takeoff run on runway 15 was described as long. The wings were rocking and the plane struck trees and crashed. A FedEx Caravan crashed under the same circumstances just about 40 km (25 miles) away at 20:33.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the pilot to de-ice the airplane prior to departure, and his decision to make the takeoff at a weight that exceeded both the maximum structural takeoff weight and the reduced takeoff weight allowed for icing conditions resulting in an inadvertent stall."

Classification:
Icing
Overloaded
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB id NYC90FA061


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Distance from Burlington International Airport, VT to Albany Airport, NY as the crow flies is 197 km (123 miles).

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