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Crash of a Beechcraft 200 Super King Air in Moorhead

Date & Time: Nov 23, 2016 at 1759 LT
Registration:
N80RT
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Baudette - Moorhead
MSN:
BB-370
YOM:
1978
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5630
Captain / Total hours on type:
89.00
Circumstances:
The commercial pilot was conducting an on-demand passenger flight at night in instrument meteorological conditions that were at/near straight-in approach minimums for the runway. The pilot flew the approach as a non precision LNAV approach, and he reported that the approach was stabilized and that he did not notice anything unusual. A few seconds after leveling the airplane at the missed approach altitude, he saw the runway end lights, the strobe lights, and the precision approach path indicator. He then disconnected the autopilot and took his hand off the throttles to turn on the landing lights. However, before he could turn on the landing lights, the runway became obscured by clouds. The pilot immediately decided to conduct a missed approach and applied engine power, but the airplane subsequently impacted terrain short of the runway in a nose-up level attitude. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. It is likely the pilot lost sight of the runway due to the visibility being at/near the straight-in approach minimums and that the airplane got too low for a missed approach, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. A passenger stated that he and the pilot were not wearing available shoulder harnesses. The passenger said that he was not informed that the airplane was equipped with shoulder harnesses or told how to adjust the seats. The pilot sustained injuries to his face in the accident.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to attain a positive climb rate during an attempted missed approach in night instrument meteorological conditions that were at/near approach minimums, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas DC-3A-269 in Moorhead: 14 killed

Date & Time: Oct 30, 1941 at 0204 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC21712
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Chicago – Minneapolis – Fargo – Billings – Butte – Spokane – Seattle
MSN:
2124
YOM:
1939
Flight number:
NW005
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Captain / Total flying hours:
7000
Captain / Total hours on type:
2275.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1300
Copilot / Total hours on type:
367
Circumstances:
On approach to Fargo, the aircraft became unstable, pitched up and down. The captain decided to increase the engine power but the aircraft stalled and crashed in flames in a prairie located in Moorhead. The aircraft was destroyed by a post impact fire and a pilot survived while all 14 other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Upon the basis of the foregoing findings and of the entire record available at this time, investigation team found that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the aircraft, when the inboard portions of the wings were stalled, to respond to the application of full power in the manner reasonably to be expected in the light of the aeronautical knowledge then available.
Contributing factors:
- Accumulation of ice on the wings and other surfaces of the airplane, increasing the stalling speed and the drag of the airplane on the power required to maintain flight.
- Failure of the captain, due to his having lost confidence in the air-speed mete to realize his close approach to a stalled condition.
- Action of the captain in descending to attempt a landing at Fargo with known icing conditions and critical ceiling conditions, instead of proceeding to an available alternate.
- Failure of the dispatcher to recognize the seriousness of weather conditions in the vicinity of Fargo and to direct the pilot to proceed to his alternate.
Final Report: