Accident Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster N746FE,
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Date:Wednesday 11 January 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Owner/operator:Empire Airlines
Registration: N746FE
MSN: 208B0236
Year of manufacture:1990
Total airframe hrs:2439 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:2 km SSE of Flagstaff-Pulliam Field, AZ (FLG) -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Flagstaff-Pulliam Field, AZ (FLG/KFLG)
Destination airport:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Prior to departure from Flagstaff (FLG), the airplane was refuelled with 40 gals of jet A (20 gals per tank), which increased the total fuel load to 148 gallons. The aircraft took off from runway 21. Shortly after takeoff the pilot radioed that he was coming back, during which the background sound of the "fuel selector off" warning horn was heard. The Caravan was seen to enter a shallow left bank below the clouds as it descended into trees.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to properly configure the aircraft fuel system prior to takeoff, and his failure maintain an adequate terrain clearance altitude while manoeuvring to return to the airport. Factors in the accident were the dark night lighting conditions, low ceilings, restricted visibility conditions, and the pilot's diverted attention which resulted from activation of the airplane's fuel selector warning horn system. ".

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX95FA076
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report


NTSB id LAX95FA076


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