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Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 500B in Gaylord: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 16, 2005 at 1803 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N1153C
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Grand Rapids - Gaylord
MSN:
500-1474-169
YOM:
1964
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1786
Circumstances:
The airplane was operated as an on-demand cargo flight that impacted trees and terrain about one mile from the destination airport during a non-precision approach. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The airplane was equipped with an "icing protection system" and a report by another airplane that flew the approach and landed without incident indicated that light rime icing was encountered during the approach. Radar data shows that the accident airplane flew the localizer course inbound and began a descent past the final approach fix. No mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation were noted with the airplane.
Probable cause:
The clearance not maintained with terrain during a non precision approach. Contributing factors were the ceiling, visibility, night conditions, and trees.
Final Report:

Crash of a Howard 500 in Gaylord

Date & Time: Mar 2, 1969 at 1707 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N3403
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
5249
YOM:
1943
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
10000
Captain / Total hours on type:
4000.00
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Gaylord-Otsego County Airport, the twin engine aircraft swerved on runway then struck a five foot snow bank located on the side of the runway before coming to rest. All seven occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
The crew failed to maintain directional control and the airplane ground looped due to sunglare and airport conditions.
Final Report: