Accident description
Last updated: 27 August 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 12 January 1995
Time:17:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operating for:West Air
Leased from:Federal Express
Registration: N754FE
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) show on map
Crash site elevation: 457 m (1499 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Visalia Airport, CA (VIS/KVIS), United States of America
Destination airport:Oakland International Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK), United States of America
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.

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."

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» 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).

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