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Crash of a Beechcraft 200 Super King Air in Rockford: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 20, 2020 at 1540 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N198DM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
BB-1198
YOM:
1984
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 01 at Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, while in initial climb, the aircraft rolled to the left and crashed in flames about 570 feet to the left of the main runway, about 3'600 feet from the runway threshold. The aircraft was totally destroyed by fire and the pilot, sole on board, was killed.

Crash of a Cessna 441 Conquest II in Latrobe: 5 killed

Date & Time: Nov 11, 1985 at 1804 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N59MD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rockford - Derry
MSN:
441-0177
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
14000
Captain / Total hours on type:
1200.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1760
Circumstances:
During arrival, the pilot was advised the destination weather was: estimated 500 feet overcast, visibility one mile with fog, airport below minimums. The pilot elected to make an NDB runway 23 approach, but said he would divert if a missed approach was made. He was provided radar vectors and was cleared for the approach. At the IAF (initial apch fix/tiney intersection), radar service was terminated and the pilot was told to contact tower. On tower frequency, the pilot was again reminded the airport was below minimums. Approximately two minutes later, he reported over the outer marker (OM) which was 4.2 miles past (southwest of) the NSB/final approach fix (FAF) and 3.9 miles northeast of the airport. Seconds later, the tower transmitted info (just recorded from ARTCC) that the aircraft was 2-1/2 mi east of course. Tower tried to notify the pilot, but radio and radar contact were lost. Investigations revealed the aircraft impacted a ridge nearly 4 miles past the NDB and two miles left of course at an elevation of approximately 1,900 feet, but before passing the OM. Minimum descent altitude (MDA) between the NDB and OM was 2,220 feet msl. MDA after passing the OM was 1,940 feet; airport elevation was 1,161 feet. No preimpact aircraft problems were found. The NDB facility operated satisfactorily during flight and ground checks. All five occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: approach - faf/outer marker to threshold (ifr)
Findings
1. (f) light condition - dark night
2. (f) weather condition - low ceiling
3. (f) weather condition - fog
4. (f) weather condition - below approach/landing minimums
5. (f) in-flight planning/decision - improper - pilot in command
6. (c) ifr procedure - improper - pilot in command
7. (c) proper alignment - not maintained - pilot in command
8. (c) proper altitude - not maintained - pilot in command
9. (f) terrain condition - mountainous/hilly
10. (f) terrain condition - rising
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Spirit Lake

Date & Time: Aug 7, 1981 at 1720 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N805Q
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Rockford – Spirit Lake
MSN:
LC-16
YOM:
1960
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
21500
Captain / Total hours on type:
7820.00
Circumstances:
On short final to Spirit Lake-Lake Okoboji Airport, the left engine failed. The airplane lost height and struck the runway surface. Out of control, it veered off runway and collided with a fence, bursting into flames. The aircraft was destroyed and all six occupants were seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Powerplant failure for undetermined reasons. The following contributing factors were reported:
- The pilot failed to follow approved procedures,
- Improper emergency procedures,
- The pilot failed to maintain flying speed,
- Complete engine failure,
- Propeller slash marks 21 inches apart,
- Propeller not feathered.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft E18S in Rockford: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 2, 1975 at 2229 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N7581
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Ottumwa - Moline - Rockford
MSN:
BA-425
YOM:
1959
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2295
Captain / Total hours on type:
383.00
Circumstances:
While on a night approach to Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, the airplane banked sharply to the left then lost height and crashed in flames. The aircraft was destroyed and the passenger was killed while both pilots were seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Failed to maintain flying speed and failed to use or incorrectly used miscellaneous equipment. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Icing conditions including sleet and freezing rain,
- Airframe ice,
- Moderate rime ice during descent.
Final Report:

Crash of an Aero Commander 500B in Rockford: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 29, 1965 at 1337 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N78333
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2424
Captain / Total hours on type:
367.00
Circumstances:
On final approach to Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, one of the engine failed. Due to insufficient speed, the pilot lost control of the airplane that stalled and crashed in a field. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure caused by a technical issue on the fuel/injection system. Investigations determined that a fuel-flow distributor diaphragm p/n 383237 failed.
Final Report: