Accident Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster N854FE,
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Date:Monday 29 January 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Owner/operator:Federal Express
Registration: N854FE
MSN: 208B0172
Year of manufacture:1989
Total airframe hrs:390 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:3,2 km S of Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport, NY (PLB) -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport, NY (PLB/KPLB)
Destination airport:Syracuse-Hancock International Airport, NY (SYR/KSYR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Cessna made a takeoff from runway 19 at Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport (PLB) with light wet snow falling, at night. The airplane reached an altitude of 700 feet agl prior to making a steep descent, striking trees and impacting inverted. The accident airplane had come from a hangar and was not de-iced prior to departure.
Another Cessna Caravan (N4688B) crashed under the same circumstances just about 40 km (25 miles) away at 21:00 minutes.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control in-flight after the airplane stalled during climbout. The stall resulted from a loss of lift due to a contaminated wing surface. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the pilot to de-ice the aircraft prior to departure."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC90FA060
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 9 months
Download report: Final report




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