Accident description
Last updated: 17 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 23 October 2002
Time:19:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operator:Mid-Atlantic Freight
Registration: N76U
C/n / msn: 208B-0775
First flight: 1999
Total airframe hrs:4001
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:8 km (5 mls) NW of Spanish Fort, AL (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Mobile Aerospace Field, AL (BFM/KBFM), United States of America
Destination airport:Montgomery-Dannelly Field, AL (MGM/KMGM), United States of America
Flightnumber: 282
Narrative:
The Cessna, carrying bank checks, departed Mobile (BFM) at 19:40 on an instrument flight to Montgomery (MGM). At an altitude of 3000 feet the pilot was given a traffic advisory by air traffic control. The pilot reported that the traffic, a FedEx DC-10, was above him. At the time the pilot stated that he needed to deviate, data indicate that the accident airplane was in or entering an uncontrolled descent. The airplane appeared to have nearly recovered from extreme attitudes as it impacted the swampy water in the Big Bateau Bay.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's spatial disorientation, which resulted in loss of airplane control. Contributing to the accident was the night instrument meteorological conditions with variable cloud layers."

Events:


Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Mobile Aerospace Field, AL to Montgomery-Dannelly Field, AL as the crow flies is 243 km (152 miles).

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