Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 2 January 1997
Time:18:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Tar Heel Aviation
Registration: N802TH
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) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Manteo-Dare County Regional Airport, NC (MEO), United States of America
Destination airport:Edenton Municipal Airport, NC (EDE), United States of America
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.

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. "

Classification:
Low visibility
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» NTSB


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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).

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