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Last updated: 22 April 2019
Date:Thursday 31 July 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic H25B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace BAe-125-800A
Operator:East Coast Jets
Registration: N818MV
C/n / msn: 258186
First flight: 1990
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-5R-1H
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Owatonna Airport, MN (OWA) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 349 m (1145 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Atlantic City International Airport, NJ (ACY/KACY), United States of America
Destination airport:Owatonna Airport, MN (OWA/KOWA), United States of America
Flightnumber: 81
East Coast Jets Flight 81, a BAe 125-800, departed Atlantic City (ACY) at 08:13 EDT on a flight to Owatonna (OWA). The airplane was cleared for an approach to runway 30. Runway 30 is a 1676 x 30 m (5500 x 100 ft) ILS equipped, concrete runway.
The crew apparently decided to execute a go around. Eyewitnesses reported that the plane struck aerials. It came down 2400 feet past the runway end and cut a swath through a corn field.
Weather at Owatonna at 09:55 included: wind 170 degrees at 6 knots, broken clouds at 3700 feet, temperature 19 degrees C, pressure 29.83.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the captain's decision to attempt a go-around late in the landing roll with insufficient runway remaining. Contributing to the accident were (1) the pilots' poor crew coordination and lack of cockpit discipline; (2) fatigue, which likely impaired both pilots' performance; and (3) the failure of the Federal Aviation Administration to require crew resource management training and standard operating procedures for Part 135 operators."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 11 months
Accident number: DCA08MA085
Download report: Summary report

Insufficient rest / fatigue
Runway excursion

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Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 15 Safety Recommendations

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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 Atlantic City International Airport, NJ to Owatonna Airport, MN as the crow flies is 1618 km (1011 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from 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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