ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 200 Super King Air N81PF Strasburg, CO
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 27 January 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Operator:Jet Express Services
Registration: N81PF
MSN: BB-158
First flight: 1976
Total airframe hrs:8737
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Strasburg, CO (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Broomfield-Jeffco Airport, CO (BJC/KBJC), United States of America
Destination airport:Stillwater Regional Airport, OK (SWO/KSWO), United States of America
A Beechcraft 200 Super King Air, N81PF, owned by North Bay Charter, LLC, and operated by Jet Express Services, crashed into rolling terrain near Strasburg, CO. The flight was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight departed about 17:18 from Broomfield-Jeffco Airport, CO (BJC), with two pilots and eight passengers aboard. N81PF was one of three airplanes transporting members of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys basketball team and associated team personnel to Stillwater Regional Airport, OK (SWO), after a game at the University of Colorado at Boulder that afternoon. All 10 occupants aboard N81PF (two pilots, two players, and 6 OSU broadcasters & members of the OSU coaching staff) were killed, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause:

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot’s spatial disorientation resulting from his failure to maintain positive manual control of the airplane with the available flight instrumentation.
Contributing to the cause of the accident was the loss of a.c. electrical power during instrument meteorological conditions.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 10 months
Accident number: NTSB AAR-03/01
Download report: Final report

Loss of situational awareness
Loss of control

» NTSB/AAR-03/01

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 1 Safety Recommendation

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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 Broomfield-Jeffco Airport, CO to Stillwater Regional Airport, OK as the crow flies is 811 km (507 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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