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Last updated: 20 October 2020
Fecha:jueves 12 enero 1995
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operado por:West Air
Alquilado a :Federal Express
Registración: N754FE
Numéro de série: 208B0249
Año de Construcción: 1991
Horas Totales de la Célula:2073
Motores: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Pleasanton, CA (   Estados Unidos de América)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 457 m (1499 feet) amsl
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Visalia Airport, CA (VIS/KVIS), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Oakland International Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK), Estados Unidos de América
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:

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
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: LAX95FA077
Download report: Summary report

» NTSB id LAX95FA077


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Visalia Airport, CA to Oakland International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 294 km (183 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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