Accident Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster N754FE,
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Date:Thursday 12 January 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Owner/operator:West Air
Registration: N754FE
MSN: 208B0249
Year of manufacture:1991
Total airframe hrs:2073 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Pleasanton, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Visalia Airport, CA (VIS/KVIS)
Destination airport:Oakland International Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported to ATC he had the airport in sight from 7,000 feet msl more than 30 miles (48 km) away. A weather reporting station located 5 miles (8 km) east of the accident site was reporting two cloud layers; a scattered layer at 1,500 feet agl, and a broken layer at 5,000 feet agl. The airplane was descending after the pilot was cleared for a visual approach. The airplane collided with a tree and the ground in a wings level attitude at an elevation of 1,500 feet msl.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the pilot-in-command to maintain visual contact with terrain and sufficient altitude for terrain clearance. Factors in the accident were the pilot's decision to initiate a descent 14 miles from the airport, and weather, specifically cloud conditions and darkness."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX95FA077
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report


NTSB id LAX95FA077


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