Narrative:Flight 665 departed Bellingham (BLI) at 09:43 on a Special VFR ATC clearance for a flight to Orcas Island (ESD). The aircraft was seen flying in and out of clouds at a low altitude until it struck wooded terrain at an altitude of about 220 feet (67 m) asl.
|Date:||Monday 9 October 2000|
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
|Operating for:||Empire Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 208B-0192|
|First flight:|| 1989|
|Total airframe hrs:||3526|
|Engines:|| 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1 |
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Lummi Island, WA ( United States of America)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Bellingham Airport, WA (BLI/KBLI), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Eastsound-Orcas Island Airport, WA (ESD), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's attempted flight into known adverse weather conditions, and his subsequent failure to maintain altitude above, or clearance with, trees. Factors contributing to the accident included low ceilings, fog, the pilot's low-altitude flight, rising terrain, and trees."
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 Bellingham Airport, WA to Eastsound-Orcas Island Airport, WA as the crow flies is 29 km (18 miles).