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Crash of an Embraer ERJ-145XR in Presque Isle

Date & Time: Mar 4, 2019 at 1143 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N14171
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Newark - Presque Isle
MSN:
145-859
YOM:
2004
Flight number:
UA4933
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
28
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Newark on flight UA4933 (CommutAir flight CS4933), the crew started the descent to runway 01 at Presque Isle Airport, Maine. At 1109LT, at an altitude of 2,000 feet, in a limited visibility due to snow falls and freezing rain, the captain decided to initiate a go-around. About 20 minutes later, the crew started a second approach to runway 01. After touchdown, the aircraft went out of control and veered off runway to the right. While contacting snow, both main landing gears collapsed. The left main gear was torn off and collided with the left engine before the airplane came to a stop. A crew member and three passengers were injured. At the time of the accident, the visibility was limited to a half a mile in snow falls and freezing rain. Also, it was reported that both the freezing rain sensor and the Runway Visual Range (RVR) system values were not available at the time of the accident.

Crash of a Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar (Ted Smith 600) in Greenville: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jul 30, 2018 at 1055 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-GRRS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Pembroke – Charlottetown
MSN:
60-8265-026
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While overflying Maine on a flight from Pembroke to Charlottetown, the pilot contacted ATC and reported engine problems. He was vectored to Greenville Airport for an emergency landing when, on final approach, the airplane crashed in a prairie located few miles from the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and all three occupants were killed. It is believed the engine lost power in flight for undetermined reason.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Stationair in Vinalhaven

Date & Time: Jun 26, 2017 at 0741 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N207GM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Vinalhaven - Rockland
MSN:
207-0217
YOM:
1972
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
15436
Captain / Total hours on type:
356.00
Aircraft flight hours:
12458
Circumstances:
The pilot reported that the approach appeared normal, but during the landing on the 1,500 feet long gravel strip, the airplane firmly struck the runway and bounced. He added that the bounce was high and that the remaining runway was too short to correct the landing with power. The pilot chose to go around, applying full power and 20° of flaps for the balked landing procedure. During the climb, the airplane drifted left toward 50-ft-tall trees about 150 ft from the departure end of the runway. Unable to climb over the trees, the airplane struck the tree canopy, the nose dropped, and the pilot instinctively reduced power as the airplane descended through the trees and impacted terrain. The wings and fuselage were substantially damaged. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain a stabilized approach, which resulted in a bounced landing and subsequent go-around with insufficient distance to clear trees during the climb.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 207A Stationair 7 in Matinicus Island: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 5, 2011 at 1730 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N70437
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rockland - Matinicus Island
MSN:
207-0552
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
3100
Aircraft flight hours:
17106
Circumstances:
About the time of departure, the wind at the departure airport was reported to be from 330 degrees at 13 knots with gusts to 22 knots. The pilot departed with an adequate supply of fuel for the intended 15-minute cargo flight to a nearby island. He entered a left traffic pattern to runway 36 at the destination airport and turned onto final approach with 30 degrees of flaps extended. Witnesses on the island reported that, about this time, a sudden wind gust from the west occurred. A witness (a fisherman by trade) at the airport estimated the wind direction was down the runway at 35 to 40 knots, with slightly higher wind gusts. After the sudden wind gust, he noted the airplane suddenly bank to the right about 80 degrees and begin descending. It impacted trees and powerlines then the ground. The same witness reported the engine sound was steady during the entire approach and at no time did he hear the engine falter. About 30 minutes before the accident, a weather observing station located about 6 nautical miles south-southeast of the accident site indicated the wind from the north-northwest at 24 knots, with gusts to 27 knots. About 30 minutes after the accident, the station indicated the wind from the northwest at 30 knots, with gusts to 37 knots. Postaccident examination of the airplane, its systems, and engine revealed no evidence of preimpact failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. The evidence is consistent with the airplane’s encounter with a gusty crosswind that led to the airplane’s right bank and the pilot’s loss of control, resulting in an accelerated stall.
Probable cause:
The pilot’s failure to maintain airplane control during the approach after encountering a gusty crosswind, which resulted in an accelerated stall and uncontrolled descent.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 402B in Biddeford: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 10, 2011 at 1805 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N402RC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
White Plains - Portland
MSN:
402-1218
YOM:
1977
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
4735
Captain / Total hours on type:
120.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6624
Circumstances:
The multi-engine airplane was being repositioned to its base airport, and the pilot had requested to change the destination, but gave no reason for the destination change. Radar data indicated that the airplane entered the left downwind leg of the traffic pattern, flew at pattern attitude, and then performed a right approximate 250-degree turn to enter the final leg of the approach. During the final leg of the approach, the airplane crashed short of the runway into a house located in a residential neighborhood near the airport. According to the airplane's pilot operating handbook, the minimum multi-engine approach speed was 95 knots indicated airspeed (KIAS), and the minimum controllable airspeed was 82 KIAS. According to radar data, the airplane's ground speed was about 69 knots with the probability of a direct crosswind. Post accident examination of the propellers indicated that both propellers were turning at a low power setting at impact. During a controlled test run of the right engine, a partial power loss was noted. After examination of the throttle and control assembly, two o-rings within the assembly were found to be damaged. The o-rings were replaced with comparable o-rings and the assembly was reinstalled. During the subsequent test run, the engine operated smoothly with no noted anomalies. Examination of the o-rings revealed that the damage was consistent with the o-rings being pinched between the corner of the top o-ring groove and the fuel inlet surface during installation. It is probable that the right engine had a partial loss of engine power while on final approach to the runway due to the damaged o-ring and that the pilot retarded the engine power to prevent the airplane from rolling to the right. The investigation found no mechanical malfunction of the left engine that would have prevented the airplane from maintaining the published airspeed.
Probable cause:
The pilot did not maintain minimum controllable airspeed while on final approach with a partial loss of power in the right engine, which resulted in a loss of control. Contributing to the accident was the partial loss of engine power in the right engine due to the improperly installed o-rings in the engine’s throttle and control assembly.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 525 CJ1 in Augusta: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 1, 2008 at 1748 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N102PT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Augusta-Lincoln
MSN:
525-0433
YOM:
2001
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off, while cruising at 3,000 feet, pilot informed ATC that her attitude indicator was out of order. She was vectorised to Augusta but the aircraft descended rapidly and crashed at West Gardiner. Both occupants were killed. Weather was poor at the time, with sleet and freezing rain.

Crash of a Cessna 525 CJ1 in Dexter

Date & Time: Oct 7, 2002 at 1017 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N57EJ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Plainville-Dexter
MSN:
525-0057
YOM:
2001
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2450
Captain / Total hours on type:
872.00
Aircraft flight hours:
113

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in Maine: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 22, 2000 at 1716 LT
Registration:
N30EM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rangeley-Boston-Portland-Rangeley
MSN:
BB-0958
YOM:
1982
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
15500
Aircraft flight hours:
8845

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Greenville

Date & Time: Sep 23, 2000 at 1950 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N590TA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bangor-Greenville
MSN:
208-0590
YOM:
1997
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5350
Captain / Total hours on type:
2000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2671

Crash of a Grumman G-159 Gulfstream GI in Maine: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 19, 2000 at 0031 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
C-GNAK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Moncton-Montréal
MSN:
154
YOM:
1965
Flight number:
AWV9807
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
6000
Captain / Total hours on type:
500.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
600
Copilot / Total hours on type:
300
Aircraft flight hours:
22050
Aircraft flight cycles:
15452