Accident
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Estado:Final
Fecha:martes 13 diciembre 1994
Hora:18:34 EST
Tipo:British Aerospace 3201 Jetstream 32
Operado por:American Eagle
Alquilado a :Flagship Airlines
Registración: N918AE
Numéro de série: 918
Año de Construcción: 1990
Horas Totales de la Célula:6577
Motores: 2 Garrett TPE331-12
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 13 / Ocupantes: 18
Total:Fatalidades: 15 / Ocupantes: 20
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:7,4 km (4.6 milles) SW of Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU) (   Estados Unidos de América) show on map
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Greensboro/High Point-Piedmont Triad International Airport, NC (GSO/KGSO), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo:3379
Descripción:
Flight 3379 departed Greensboro at 18:03 with a little delay due to baggage rearrangement. The aircraft climbed to a 9000 feet cruising altitude and contacted Raleigh approach control at 18:14, receiving an instruction to reduce the speed to 180 knots and descend to 6000 feet. Raleigh final radar control was contacted at 18:25 and instructions were received to reduce the speed to 170 knots and to descend to 3000t. At 18:30 the flight was advised to turn left and join the localizer course at or above 2100 feet for a runway 05L ILS approach. Shortly after receiving clearance to land, the no. 1 engine ignition light illuminated in the cockpit as a result of a momentary negative torque condition when the propeller speed levers were advanced to 100% and the power levers were at flight idle. The captain suspected an engine flame out and eventually decided to execute a missed approach. The speed had decreased to 122 knots and two momentary stall warnings sounded as the pilot called for max power. The aircraft was in a left turn at 1800 feet and the speed continued to decrease to 103 knots, followed by stall warnings. The rate of descent then increased rapidly to more than 10000 feet/min. The aircraft eventually struck some trees and crashed about 4nm SW of the runway5L threshold.
The aircraft had logged 6577 flying hours.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) The captain's improper assumption that an engine had failed and 2) the captain's subsequent failure to follow approved procedures for engine failure single-engine approach and go-around, and stall recovery.
Contributing to the cause of the accident was the failure of AMR Eagle/Flagship management to identify, document, monitor and remedy deficiencies in pilot performance and training." 

Fuentes:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/95
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/96
» NTSB/AAR-95/07
» Commuter Captain Fails to Follow Emergency Procedures After Suspected Engine Failure, Loses Control of the Aircraft During Instrument Approach (Flight Safety Foundation - Accident Prevention April 1996)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - USA
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-95-07
report released:24-OCT-1995
duration of investigation:315 days (10.5 months)
download report: Uncontrolled Collision with Terrain Flagship Airlines, Inc., dba American Eagle Flight 3379, BAe Jetstream 3201, N918AE Morrisville, North Carolina December 13, 1994 (NTSB/AAR-95-07)
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Distance from Greensboro/High Point-Piedmont Triad International Airport, NC to Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC as the crow flies is 106 km (66 miles).

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