ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35648
Last updated: 29 August 2014
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Date:21-JAN-1999
Time:2216
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 95-C55
Owner/operator:Top O Michigan Airmen
Registration: N4920M
C/n / msn: TE-219
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pellston, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Detroit City, MI (DET)
Destination airport:(PLN)
Narrative:
The flight was on an IFR flight plan from Detroit City, Michigan, to Pellston, Michigan. While en route, Minneapolis Center reported to the pilot that Pellston's weather was a ceiling of 600 feet agl, visibility 5 miles, light freezing drizzle and freezing fog. A pilot report from a Northwest Airlink Saab 340 preceding the airplane, reported picking up moderate ice beginning at 3,000 feet msl. The pilot was cleared for the ILS approach to runway 32 at Pellston. The airplane's last recorded position was 15 nautical miles southeast of the Pellston Regional Airport, at 3,600 feet msl. Examination of the airplane revealed no anomalies. The results of FAA toxicology testing of specimens from the pilot revealed.043 percent Ethanol in the blood. Title 14 CFR Part 91, paragraph 91.17 (a) (4) states that no person may act or attempt to act as a crewmember of a civil aircraft while having 0.04 percent by weight or more, alcohol in the blood. An examination of the airplane's maintenance records indicated that the airplane's left propeller deice slinger was removed from the propeller spinner bulkhead in June of 1998. CAUSE: the pilot's failure to maintain proper altitude/clearance on the approach and his flight into known icing conditions. Factors relating to this accident were the pilot flying with known equipment deficiencies, the pilot's physical impairment (alcohol), the icing conditions, and the trees.

Sources:
NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001204X00016


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