Vliegtuigongeval op 16 MAR 2004 met Beechcraft 1900C N27RA - Tonopah-Test Range Airport, NV (XSD)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:dinsdag 16 maart 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900C
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Air Force - USAF
Registratie: N27RA
Constructienummer: UB-37
Bouwjaar: 1985
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Totaal:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:11 km (6.9 mijl) SE of Tonopah-Test Range Airport, NV (XSD) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:?
Vliegveld van aankomst:Tonopah-Test Range Airport, NV (XSD/KTNX), Verenigde Staten
The Air Force Materiel Command Beech 1900 crashed while on a routine support mission from a remote classified airstrip on the Nellis range to the Tonopah Test Range. It departed at 03:43 for Tonopah. After reporting the runway lights in sight, the pilot configured the airplane for the approach and initiated a circling maneuver to the right for a visual straight-in approach to runway 32. During the turn the pilot suffered a sudden cardiac death. Half way through the turn the airplane began a gradual descent until it impacted the ground. The airplane broke up and burst into flames. Investigation revealed that the pilot had violated federal policy and directives, wilfully deceived flight medical examiners, suppressed significant medical information and ingested inappropriate medications for a deteriorating and dangerous health condition. The pilot had high blood pressure and failed to report it, and denied taking medications to his Federal Aviation Administration flight physical examiners.

Probable Cause:

According to the Air Force Materiel Command Accident Investigation Board report, the pilot became incapacitated during his approach to land due to sudden cardiac death.

» AFMC News Service Release 0743
» Executive Summary Beechcraft 1900C, UB37, N27RA accident (USAF)
» Las Vegas Review-Journal


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