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Last updated: 23 January 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:lundi 9 décembre 2002
Heure:11:40
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900C
Compagnie:Raytheon Aircraft
Immatriculation: N127YV
Numéro de série: UC-127
Année de Fabrication: 1990
Heures de vol:12473
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:14,5 km (9.1 milles) N of Mena, AR (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 625 m (2051 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Convoyage
Aéroport de départ:Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS (ICT/KICT), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport, AR (KMEZ), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
The airplane had been in Mena, Arkansas, undergoing refurbishment and final preparations for a acceptance/delivery flight to its new owner, Hageland Airlines.
On the morning of the accident the airplane departed Mena at 06:20. The Beech was flown to Wichita to pick up the CEO/President of Hageland Airlines, who was the airline's representative to accept delivery and finalize the purchase of the airplane. The airplane arrived at 07:45. The Beech was to fly back to Mena a few hours later so the CEO could authorize a pre-purchase agreement for another 1900C. Departed from Wichita was at 10:43 on a VFR flight to Mena. At 11:30 the airplane began to descend from it's cruising altitude of 15,500 feet. Last radio contact was at 11:36 when the airplane was descending through approx. 5000 feet. Descent was continued until flew into rising, heavily wooded, mountainous terrain. The accident site elevation was 2,050 feet msl, about 200 feet below the top of a mountain ridgeline. Reportedly cloud layers were obscuring the ridgeline about the time of the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "In-flight collision with terrain due to the pilot's failure to maintain clearance and altitude above rapidly rising terrain while on a VFR approach. Contributing factors were the obscuration of the terrain due to clouds."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 9 months
Accident number: FTW03FA059
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» FAA
» NTSB
» Alaska Daily News


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS et Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport, AR est de 448 km (280 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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