Narrative:The flight departed Manteo at about 18:15 en route to Edenton (EDE) to pick up cargo, under a contract with United Parcel Services (UPS). Witnesses reported that there was heavy fog at Edenton and the visibility was below 1/4 mile. The published non-direction beacon (NDB) approach for the airport was not authorized at night. While on approach to either runway 1 or runway 05, the flight struck power lines, located about 1/2 mile (0,8 km) southwest of the airport. The airplane came to rest in 5 feet of water, about 600 feet offshore.
|Date:||Thursday 2 January 1997|
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
|Operator:||Tar Heel Aviation|
|C/n / msn:|| 208B-0179|
|First flight:|| 1989|
|Total airframe hrs:||3520|
|Engines:|| 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Total:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||0,8 km (0.5 mls) SW of Edenton Municipal Airport, NC (EDE) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Manteo-Dare County Regional Airport, NC (MEO), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Edenton Municipal Airport, NC (EDE), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's continued VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions. Factors in this accident were: fog, the low ceiling, and the dark night. "
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Distance from Manteo-Dare County Regional Airport, NC to Edenton Municipal Airport, NC as the crow flies is 79 km (49 miles).