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Last updated: 21 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 21 December 1997
Time:06:26
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A100 King Air
Operator:Aviation Charter
Registration: N100BE
C/n / msn: B-221
First flight: 1978
Total airframe hrs:8651
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 1886 m (6188 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS/KCOS), United States of America
Narrative:
A Beechcraft A100 King Air, N100BE, operated by Aviation Charter, impacted terrain during a missed approach at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, CO (COS). The commercial pilot and one passenger received fatal injuries, and the other passenger serious injuries. The aircraft was destroyed. The flight originated from Minneapolis-Flying Cloud Airport, MN (FCM) at 04:30, with a passenger stop at Minneapolis.
The flight was a charter carrying two Northwest Airlines mechanics to Colorado Springs, to repair a Northwest aircraft that had a mechanical problem.
The aircraft was conducting an instrument landing system (ILS) approach to runway 17L. The west local controller observed the aircraft fly into fog and controllers were then unable to contact the aircraft and it disappeared from radar. The aircraft was found by airport personnel approximately 31 minutes following the accident approximately 6,000 feet down runway 17L and 600 feet east of the runway. The delay in locating the aircraft was due to fog.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the pilot to follow IFR Procedures and maintain the minimum descent altitude (MDA). A related factor was fog."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Accident number: FTW98FA074
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» NTSB


Photos

photo of Beechcraft-A100-King-Air-N100BE
accident date: 21-12-1997
type: Beechcraft A100 King Air
registration: N100BE
 

Map
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 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN to Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO as the crow flies is 1157 km (723 miles).

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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