Narrative:The Beechcraft struck a Blue Hill at 2280 feet during an ILS approach to Saranac Lake runway 23. The glide slope elevation at that point was approx. 2900 feet.
|Date:||Friday 3 January 1992|
|Operating for:||USAir Express|
|C/n / msn:|| UC-135|
|First flight:|| 1990|
|Total airframe hrs:||1675|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Total:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||8 km (5 mls) NE of Saranac Lake-Adirondack Airport, NY (SLK) ( United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport, NY (PLB/KPLB), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Saranac Lake-Adirondack Airport, NY (SLK/KSLK), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the captain to establish a stabilized approach, his inadequate cross-check of instruments, his descent below specified minimum altitude at the final approach fix, and failure of the copilot to monitor the approach. Factors related to the accident were: weather conditions and possible precipitation static interference, caused by inadequate grounding between the radome and fuselage that could have resulted in unreliable glide slope indications."
» Air Transport World 2/92
» Flight Safety Foundation - Accident Prevention - July 1995
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/95 (#15)
» NTSB Safety Recommendations A-94-74/-76
» Scramble 153
Follow-up / safety actions
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Distance from Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport, NY to Saranac Lake-Adirondack Airport, NY as the crow flies is 63 km (39 miles).