Narrative:While descending for landing at Baton Rouge, the captain actively moved the power levers from the flight idle gate into the beta range for undetermined reasons. The propellers and engines experienced extreme overspeed, necessitating a power-off emergency landing at night and the airplane ran off the end of a 5,000-ft runway. Although the design and certification of the power levers met existing requirements, those requirements were inadequate because they permitted a design that did not prevent movement into the beta range in flight.
|Date:||Tuesday 1 February 1994|
|Operating for:||American Eagle|
|Leased from:||Simmons Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 349|
|First flight:|| |
|Total airframe hrs:||528|
|Engines:|| 2 General Electric CT7-9B|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26 |
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Airplane fate:|| Repaired|
|Location:||New Roads-False River Regional Airport, LA (HZR) ( United States of America)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Baton Rouge-Ryan Airport, LA (BTR/KBTR), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain’s movement of the power levers below flight idle in flight, the inadequate certification requirements and consequent design of the airplane’s power levers that permitted them to be moved below the flight idle position into the beta range, either intentionaily or inadverteatly, while in flight, and the inadequate action taken to require a positive means to prevent beta operation on airplanes for which such operation is prohibited."
» Air Safety Week 03.10.1994 (p. 1-2)
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Distance from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX to Baton Rouge-Ryan Airport, LA as the crow flies is 612 km (382 miles).