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Last updated: 27 March 2019
Datum:Samstag 27 November 2004
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Betrieben durch:United States Department of Defense
Gemietet von :Presidential Airways
Kennzeichen: N960BW
Werknummer: 231
Baujahr: 1982-01-04 (22 years 11 months)
Triebwerk: 2 Garrett TPE331-10R-511C
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:148 km (92.5 Meilen) W of Bagram (   Afghanistan)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Bagram Air Base (BPM/OAIX), Afghanistan
Flug nach:Farah Airport (FAH/OAFR), Afghanistan
The CASA 212 was contracted by the US Department of Defense to supply American forces deployed in remote areas of Afghanistan. After departure the did not follow the intended course of 170 degrees but instead flew to the northwest. The airplane entered a box canyon and struck the 14,650 foot level of Baba Mountain, which has a peak elevation of 16,739 feet. The flight was about 25 nm north of the typical route between Bagram and Farah.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain’s inappropriate decision to fly a nonstandard route and his failure to maintain adequate terrain clearance, which resulted in the inflight collision with mountainous terrain. Factors were the operator’s failure to require its flight crews to file and to fly a defined route of flight, the operator’s failure to ensure that the flight crews adhered to company policies and FAA and DoD Federal safety regulations, and the lack of in-country oversight by the FAA and the DoD of the operator. Contributing to the death of one of the passengers was the operator’s lack of flight-locating procedures and its failure to adequately mitigate the limited communications capability at remote sites."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: NTSB/AAB-06/07
Download report: Final report

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N203FN was sold as N960BW in 2003.
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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 Bagram Air Base to Farah Airport as the crow flies is 711 km (444 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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