ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N25SA Bellevue, ID
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 6 December 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Salmon Air
Registration: N25SA
MSN: 208B0866
First flight: 2000
Total airframe hrs:2117
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) S of Bellevue, ID (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
Destination airport:Hailey-Friedman Memorial Airport, ID (SUN/KSUN), United States of America
The aircraft collided with flat open terrain while on an RNAV (GPS) approach to Sun Valley's (SUN) runway 31. The Cessna was operating on a cargo flight under contract with United Parcel Service. The pilot of a Cessna Citation 525, who flew the same approach about 20 minutes prior to the accident, reported his aircraft was picking up moderate mixed ice on the wings and windshield.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while on approach for landing in icing conditions. Inadequate airspeed was a factor."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 281 days (9 months)
Accident number: SEA05FA025
Download report: Summary report

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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 Salt Lake City International Airport, UT to Hailey-Friedman Memorial Airport, ID as the crow flies is 355 km (222 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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