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Last updated: 26 September 2020
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 23 February 2016
Time:23:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic E145 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-145MP (ERJ-145MP)
Operator:Trans States Airlines
Registration: N856HK
C/n / msn: 145441
First flight: 2001
Engines: 2 Allison AE3007A1/1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
Destination airport:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), United States of America
Flightnumber:AX4615
Narrative:
TranStates flight 4615, an Embraer ERJ-145, N856HK, encountered strong gusting cross winds during its initial approach to runway 6 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Missouri, and the flight crew conducted a go around followed by an uneventful landing on the second approach. During post flight inspection, the flight crew found damage to both wing tips. The airplane was substantially damaged and there were no injuries to the 33 passengers and crew members onboard.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "The flight crews' failure to consider all available runways for landing to minimize the gusty crosswind component. Contributing to the accident was the captain's reduction of the engine thrust for about 1 second at low altitude immediately after the first officer applied maximum thrust to conduct a go-around."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years and 4 months
Accident number: DCA16LA100
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Runway mishap

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Distance from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL to Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO as the crow flies is 412 km (258 miles).

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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