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Last updated: 22 June 2021
Datum:Sonntag 21 Dezember 1997
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A100 King Air
Fluggesellschaft:Aviation Charter
Kennzeichen: N100BE
Werknummer: B-221
Baujahr: 1978
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), USA
Flug nach:Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS/KCOS), USA
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:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Accident number: FTW98FA074
Download report: Summary report



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

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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