Accident description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 12 February 1999
Time:10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft C99
Operator:Ameriflight
Registration: N205RA
C/n / msn: U-205
First flight: 1983
Total airframe hrs:20522
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-36
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:29 km (18.1 mls) NE of Bishop Airport, CA (BIH) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Tonopah Airport, NV (TPH), United States of America
Destination airport:Bishop Airport, CA (BIH), United States of America
Narrative:
The flight departed Tonopah at 09:30 for a 73-mile VFR flight to Bishop. The aircraft was not carrying cargo at the time of the accident. The Beech failed to arrive at the destination; search efforts were initiated and the wreckage was subsequently found February 14 on the eastern slopes of White Mountain in the Inyo National Forest at 9,500 feet.
A witnesses observed the aircraft flying between 7,000 and 8,000 feet msl as it entered Trace Plumas Canyon on White Mountain and begin a gradual left turn. The aircraft then disappeared from view. The canyon leads to the accident site. According to the operator, the pilot had successfully bid on a captain position on larger equipment and this was to be his last trip along this route. Several acquaintances of the pilot located at Tonopah reported that he intended to take a camera with him and photograph some scenic locations along this route.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to follow procedures and directives and his failure to maintain clearance from mountainous terrain.".

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» NTSB


Photos

photo of Beechcraft C99 N987RA
N987RA briefly moved to Jamaica in 1997 before returning to the U.S. to fly for Ameriflight as N205RA
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Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tonopah Airport, NV to Bishop Airport, CA as the crow flies is 135 km (84 miles).

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