Accident British Aerospace 3101 Jetstream 31 N131CA,
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Date:Monday 19 April 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic JS31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
British Aerospace 3101 Jetstream 31
Owner/operator:United Express
Registration: N131CA
MSN: 787
Year of manufacture:1987
Total airframe hrs:8873 hours
Engine model:Garrett TPE331-1-10
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Merced Municipal Airport, CA (MCE) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Merced Municipal Airport, CA (MCE/KMCE)
Destination airport:Merced Municipal Airport, CA (MCE/KMCE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Soon after lift-off on the second takeoff, a no. 1 engine failure was simulated. The aircraft drifted to the left, but the co-pilot regained directional control. The aircraft then started to descent and struck the ground. The Jetstream was being used for a proficiency check flight for the co-pilot. An FAA inspector was aboard to observe the check pilot's ability to give profcheck flights.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The first officer's failure to maintain an adequate rate of climb after a single-engine loss of power was simulated, and the company check pilot's inadequate supervision and failure to note the descent. Darkness was a related factor."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX93FA177
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report


Air Safety Week 17 May 1993 (p. 10)
ICAO Adrep Summary 1/95
Scramble 170

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
20 April 1993 N131CA Westair Commuter Airlines 0 Merced, CA w/o



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA); July 1991

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