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Crash of a Fokker F27 in Kinston

Date & Time: Mar 8, 2003 at 1027 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N712FE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Greensboro-New Bern
MSN:
10613
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8130
Captain / Total hours on type:
1450.00
Aircraft flight hours:
26665
Aircraft flight cycles:
28285
Circumstances:
After landing gear problems, the crew elected to divert to Kinston-Regional Jetport airport. On landing, right main gear failed and the aircraft came ot rest on runway. Both pilots escaped uninjured but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Boeing 737-200 in North Carolina

Date & Time: Jul 22, 1990 at 1455 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N210US
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinston-Charlotte
MSN:
19555
YOM:
1968
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
22
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
10100
Captain / Total hours on type:
3300.00
Aircraft flight hours:
51264

Crash of a Douglas DC-9-31 in Huntington: 75 killed

Date & Time: Nov 14, 1970 at 1936 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N97S
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Kinston - Huntington
MSN:
47245/510
YOM:
1969
Flight number:
SO932
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
71
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
75
Captain / Total flying hours:
18557
Captain / Total hours on type:
2194.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
5872
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1196
Aircraft flight hours:
3667
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Kinston-Stallings Field, North Carolina, at 1838LT on a charter flight to Huntington, West Virginia, carrying players and fans of the Marshall University Football Team based in Huntington. Following an uneventful flight, the crew contacted Huntington Approach Control at 1923LT and was cleared for a runway 11 localizer approach. At 1934LT, the airplane passed the Outer Marker and the crew was cleared to land. In marginal weather conditions (mist and rain), the airplane descended below the minimum descent altitude and the crew failed to realize his altitude was too low when the aircraft struck trees and crashed in flames on the slope of a hill located one mile short of runway 11 threshold. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and none of the 75 occupants survived the crash. At the time of the accident, there were scattered clouds at 300 feet, broken overcast at 500 feet and solid overcast at 1,000 feet. Among the 75 occupants were 36 players, nine coaches and administrators, 26 fans and four crew members.
Probable cause:
The descent below Minimum Descent Altitude during a non precision approach under adverse weather conditions, without visual contact with the runway environment. The Board has been unable to determine the reason for this descent, although the two most likely explanations are: a) improper use of cockpit instrument data; or b) an altimetry system error.
Final Report: