Narrative:The pilot reported to ATC he had the airport in sight from 7,000 feet msl more than 30 miles (48 km) away. A weather reporting station located 5 miles (8 km) east of the accident site was reporting two cloud layers; a scattered layer at 1,500 feet agl, and a broken layer at 5,000 feet agl. The airplane was descending after the pilot was cleared for a visual approach. The airplane collided with a tree and the ground in a wings level attitude at an elevation of 1,500 feet msl.
|Date:||Thursday 12 January 1995|
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
|Operating for:||West Air|
|Leased from:||Federal Express|
|C/n / msn:|| 208B-0249|
|First flight:|| 1991|
|Total airframe hrs:||2073|
|Engines:|| 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Pleasanton, CA (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Visalia Airport, CA (VIS/KVIS), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Oakland International Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the pilot-in-command to maintain visual contact with terrain and sufficient altitude for terrain clearance. Factors in the accident were the pilot's decision to initiate a descent 14 miles from the airport, and weather, specifically cloud conditions and darkness."
» NTSB id LAX95FA077
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Distance from Visalia Airport, CA to Oakland International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 294 km (183 miles).