ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster N840FE Clarksville, TN
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 5 March 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operating for:Baron Aviation
Leased from:FedEx
Registration: N840FE
MSN: 208B0142
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:4079
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:14 km (8.8 mls) ESE of Clarksville, TN (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 143 m (469 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Bowling Green-Warren County Airport, KY (BWG/KBWG), United States of America
Flight 8315 departed Memphis (MEM) at 04:13 for a cargo flight to Bowling Green, KY. The aircraft was flying level at an altitude of about 9000 feet, on the Nashville VOR 315-degree radial, about 25 nm (46 km), when radio and radar contact was lost. It appeared that the Caravan had experienced a slow reduction of airspeed from 135 knots to 102 kts in the final 8 minutes of flight at altitude, and then abruptly exhibited a sharp nose down pitch attitude with a rapid increase in airspeed. The airplane impacted on a downward slope (20-25 deg) of a small ridge that formed the northern side of a valley that ran east-west, at an elevation of about 470 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot did not maintain control of the airplane due to undetected airframe ice, resulting in an inadvertent stall, and subsequent impact with the ground. Factors in this accident were; flight into clouds, below freezing temperatures, and the inability of the pilot to detect ice, due to the lack of an ice detection system to determine ice build up on portions of the airframe that are not visible from the cockpit. "

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years
Accident number: MIA98FA091
Download report: Summary report

Loss of control

» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/98 (#52)


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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 Memphis International Airport, TN to Bowling Green-Warren County Airport, KY as the crow flies is 382 km (239 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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