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Last updated: 17 October 2019
Estado:Final
Fecha:sábado 29 noviembre 2003
Hora:08:01
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AT Merlin IVC
Operador:Ameriflight
Registración: N439AF
Numéro de série: AT-439B
Año de Construcción: 1981
Horas Totales de la Célula:15126
Motores: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-611G
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:5,5 km (3.4 milles) E of Spokane-Felts Field, WA (SFF) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Carga
Aeropuerto de Salida:Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA (BFI/KBFI), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Spokane-Felts Field, WA (SFF/KSFF), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo:1966
Descripción:
The Merlin cargo plane was transporting 127 packages from Seattle to Spokane. The aircraft was dispatched with the primary (NAV 1) ILS receiver having been deferred (out of service) due to unreliable performance the evening before the accident, thus leaving the aircraft with the secondary (NAV 2) ILS receiver for ILS use. Approaching Spokane, the pilot was cleared for an ILS/DME runway 21R approach. Weather at the destination airport was poor with a 400 foot overcast. The pilot was given a low altitude alert by the tower and acknowledged, reporting that he was descending through 2,800 feet. At that point the aircraft was well below the ILS glideslope and about 13 seconds from impacting the trees. The pilot was given a low altitude alert by the tower and acknowledged, reporting that he was descending through 2,800 feet, which was confirmed on the mode C radar readout. At that point the aircraft was well below the ILS glideslope and about 13 seconds from impacting the trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command's failure to maintain proper glidepath alignment during an ILS approach in poor weather resulting in collision with trees and terrain. Contributing factors were the unreliable status of the primary (NAV 1) ILS receiver (leaving the pilot with only the secondary (NAV 2) ILS receiver), the low ceilings and trees."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: SEA04FA023
Download report: Summary report

Fuentes:
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Distance from Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA to Spokane-Felts Field, WA as the crow flies is 371 km (232 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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