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Crash of a Beechcraft 350i Super King Air in Addison: 10 killed

Date & Time: Jun 30, 2019 at 0911 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N511EF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Addison – Saint Petersburg
MSN:
FL-1091
YOM:
2017
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 15/33 at Addison Airport, while in initial climb, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed in flames onto a hangar located by the airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 10 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft B60 Duke near Ferris

Date & Time: Mar 1, 2018 at 1100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N77MM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Addison – Mexia
MSN:
P-587
YOM:
1982
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6400
Captain / Total hours on type:
2200.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2210
Circumstances:
The pilot in the multi-engine, retractable landing gear airplane reported that, during an instrument flight rules cross-country flight, about 5,000 ft above mean sea level, the left engine surged several times and he performed an emergency engine shutdown. Shortly afterward, the right engine lost power. During the emergency descent, the airplane struck treetops, and landed hard in a field with the landing gear retracted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the engine mounts, and the lower fuselage. The pilot reported that he had requested 200 gallons of fuel from his home airport fixed base operator, but they did not fuel the airplane. The pilot did not check the fuel quantity during his preflight inspection. According to the Federal Aviation Administration Airplane Flying Handbook, Chapter 2, page 2-7, pilots must always positively confirm the fuel quantity by visually inspecting the fuel level in each tank. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause:
The pilot's improper preflight inspection of the fuel level, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to lower the landing gear before the emergency landing.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air 90 in Nacogdoches

Date & Time: Jan 11, 1991 at 1040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N311DS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nacogdoches-Addison
MSN:
LA-0041
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6689
Captain / Total hours on type:
56.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3262

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 520 in Addison

Date & Time: Jul 27, 1987 at 1101 LT
Registration:
N4164B
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Addison - Addison
MSN:
520-69
YOM:
1953
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1176
Captain / Total hours on type:
206.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1920
Circumstances:
Aircraft was destroyed when it struck power lines and the ground during a single engine go-around. Following a left engine shut down due to severe vibrations, the pilot overflew one airport to return to his home base. En route, he elected not to go to full power due to a 3 minutes limitation he did not want to exceed. The pilot overshot the runway while manually extending the nose gear and elected to attempt a right 270° turn to return to final while at 100-150 feet agl. Nose landing did not extend due to hydraulic pump being on left engine and no pressure. During the turn, the pilot lost control and the aircraft struck the wires. Investigation revealed that one of the blade pitch change links on the left prop had disconnected, allowing one blade to free float. The link pin assembly had backed out as a result of the safety screw backing out due to damaged and stripped threads and an improper length screw being installed. Props had 1/4' safety screws installed instead of 3/8'.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: airframe/component/system failure/malfunction
Phase of operation: cruise - normal
Findings
1. (c) propeller system/accessories, pitch change mech - disconnected
2. Propeller feathering - not possible
3. (c) propeller system/accessories, pitch change mech - stripped thread
4. (c) maintenance, overhaul - inadequate - other maintenance personnel
5. (c) propeller system/accessories, pitch change mech - incorrect
6. (c) maintenance, installation - improper - pilot in command
7. Emergency procedure - improper - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: forced landing
Phase of operation: descent - emergency
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Occurrence #3: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: go-around (vfr)
Findings
8. (f) go-around - attempted - pilot in command
9. (c) airspeed (vmc) - not maintained - pilot in command
10. (c) diverted attention - pilot in command
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Occurrence #4: in flight collision with object
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Findings
11. Object - wire, transmission
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Addison: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 19, 1986 at 1150 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N6VR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Addison - Atlanta
MSN:
421A-0027
YOM:
1967
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
750
Aircraft flight hours:
2896
Circumstances:
Witnesses reported a normal takeoff and climb was made to an altitude of approximately 400 feet agl at which time engine power ceased/decreased. The right wing then dropped, the nose and left wing rose and the aircraft entered a near vertical descent to ground impact. Post accident examination of the engines and turbochargers failed to disclose any pre-impact failures. Examination of the prop governors disclosed an rpm setting below takeoff or climb power; however, exact rpm setting could not be determined. The pilot had recently purchased this aircraft and most of his multi-engine experience was in Beech Barons. The throttle quadrant location of the throttle and prop controls on the Baron are in the reverse position of those on the Cessna 421. The pilot also had not been check out in the Cessna 421. All four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: takeoff - initial climb
Findings
1. (c) propeller - reduced - pilot in command
2. (c) improper transition/upgrade training - pilot in command
3. (f) lack of recent experience in type of aircraft - pilot in command
4. (c) airspeed (vs) - not maintained - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
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Occurrence #3: fire
Phase of operation: other
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III in Addison: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 18, 1984 at 1452 LT
Registration:
N121BT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Addison - Naples
MSN:
421C-0806
YOM:
1979
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1620
Circumstances:
Approximately 7 minutes after takeoff (at 1441), the pilot declared an emergency and said the left engine had lost power. He feathered the engine, diverted back toward the airport and descended to VFR conditions below the clouds. At 1448, the pilot said he had the airport in sight and turned onto a left downwind for runway 15. Reportedly, he extended the landing gear and began a left turn toward the runway. Reportedly, the aircraft was too close in and/or the pilot chose to make a right turn away from the airport to land. Witnesses lost sight of the aircraft during the turn due to low clouds or obstructions. The pilot lost sight of the airport for a short time, then relocated it, but said he had his 'hands full.' Shortly thereafter, the aircraft entered a steep descent, hit the edge (roof) of a building, crashed into a utility pole and the ground and burned. There was evidence the aircraft was inverted just before impact. An exam of the left engine revealed evidence the #6 connecting rod had failed from oil exhaustion. Only one cup of oil was found in the engine and it had a history of high oil consumption. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power (total) - mech failure/malf
Phase of operation: climb - to cruise
Findings
1. (f) aircraft preflight - inadequate - pilot in command
2. (f) operation with known deficiencies in equipment - performed - pilot in command
3. (f) fluid, oil - starvation
4. Propeller feathering - performed
5. Initiated
6. Precautionary landing - initiated
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Occurrence #2: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: descent - normal
Findings
7. (c) emergency procedure - improper - pilot in command
8. (c) gear extension - premature - pilot in command
9. (c) airspeed (vmc) - not maintained - pilot in command
10. (c) aircraft handling - not maintained - pilot in command
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Occurrence #3: in flight collision with object
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Findings
11. Object - building (non residential)
12. Object - utility pole
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Occurrence #4: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 414A Chancellor in Mena: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 15, 1984 at 1656 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N6815Z
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Addison - Mena
MSN:
414A-0648
YOM:
1981
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
10100
Aircraft flight hours:
411
Circumstances:
The aircraft was cleared for Mena NDB approach and to maintain 5,000 feet msl until established on the approach. Aircraft descended to 4,800 feet msl on approximately ground track of 040° to 030° after NDB passage. Aircraft then turned to a ground track of 116°. After 12 seconds the aircraft turned to a ground track of 350° during which the ground speed decreased to 93 knots. The aircraft descended to 4,600 feet msl with ground speed increasing to 140 knots. N68152 reported 'we've broken below - will cancel in just a moment.' Radar contact was lost with the aircraft descending to 3,000 feet msl on a heading of 304°. The wreckage was found 6 miles northwest of the airport at an elevation of 2,000 feet msl. The outbound approach heading is 080° with procedure turn heading of 125° and 305°. Reported winds aloft at 5,000 feet msl, 4,000 feet msl and 3,000 feet msl were 191° at 34 knots, 169° at 30 knots and 151° at 32 knots respectively. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight collision with object
Phase of operation: approach - faf/outer marker to threshold (IFR)
Findings
1. (f) compensation for wind conditions - not performed - pilot in command
2. (f) minimum descent altitude - not attained - pilot in command
3. (c) ifr procedure - not followed - pilot in command
4. (f) terrain condition - mountainous/hilly
5. (f) weather condition - low ceiling
6. (f) object - tree(s)
Final Report:

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-36A Marquise in Patterson: 3 killed

Date & Time: Oct 20, 1983 at 1040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N444PA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Addison - Patterson
MSN:
691
YOM:
1977
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
3372
Captain / Total hours on type:
1211.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2237
Circumstances:
While descending into the Patterson area on an IFR flight plan, the pilot was cleared to hold and was advised that he would be the #2 aircraft for an approach to the Patterson Airport. A few minutes later the pilot asked how long the delay would be. He subsequently stated he had the airport, cancelled IFR and was going in VFR. A pilot who had just departed the airport heard a Mitsubishi call 'turning base.' He could not see an aircraft on base for runway 05. He called but did not receive a reply. The aircraft contacted trees along a heading of about 225°. The flaps were extended about 5° and the landing gear were extended. All three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight collision with object
Phase of operation: approach - VFR pattern - base turn
Findings
1. (f) weather condition - low ceiling
2. (c) altitude - misjudged - pilot in command
3. Object - tree(s)
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I in Addison

Date & Time: Jul 11, 1975 at 2355 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N71CR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cedar Rapids - Addison
MSN:
163
YOM:
1965
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
10705
Captain / Total hours on type:
6982.00
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Cedar Rapids, the crew started the descent to Addison by night. On short final, he encountered heavy rain falls and the pilot initiated a go-around when the airplane descended and crashed onto the runway. All nine occupants escaped with minor injuries while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
On short final, the airplane encountered windshear and sudden windshift and crashed onto the runway.
Final Report: