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Last updated: 20 October 2020
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 13 juin 2004
Heure:08:30
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Compagnie:Rader Aviation
Immatriculation: N200BE
Numéro de série: BB-832
Année de Fabrication: 1981
Heures de vol:9449
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Rupert, WV (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 1059 m (3474 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Convoyage
Aéroport de départ:Summersville Airport, WV (KSXL), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Lewisburg-Greenbrier Valley Airport, WV (LWB/KLWB), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
A Beechcraft 200 Super King Air, N200BE, was destroyed when it impacted Big Mountain, near Rupert, WV. The certificated airline transport pilot and certificated commercial pilot were fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed near the accident site, for the flight that departed Summersville Airport, WV, about 08:15; destined for Lewisburg-Greenbrier Valley Airport, WV (LWB).

An IFR flight plan and slot reservation were filed for the planned flight over mountainous terrain. The flight crew intended to reposition to an airport about 30 miles southeast of the departure airport, pick up passengers, and then complete a revenue flight to another airport. The airplane departed VFR, and the flight crew never activated the flight plan.
A debris path was located, consistent with straight and level flight, near the peak of a mountain at 3,475 feet msl. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions.
Further investigation revealed the aircraft operator was involved in two prior weather related accidents, both of which resulted in fatalities. A third accident went unreported, and the weather at the time of that accident was unknown. Over a period of 14 years, the same FAA principal operations inspector was assigned to the operator during all four accidents; however, no actions were ever initiated as a result of any of the accidents.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command's improper decision to continue VFR flight into IMC conditions, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. Factors were the FAA Principle Operations Inspector's inadequate surveillance of the operator, and a low ceiling."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 290 days (10 months)
Accident number: NYC04FA139
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» NTSB


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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 Summersville Airport, WV et Lewisburg-Greenbrier Valley Airport, WV est de 58 km (36 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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