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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 13 March 1986
Time:22:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic E110 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante
Operator:Simmons Airlines
Registration: N1356P
C/n / msn: 110370
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:9698
Cycles:16767
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,4 km (1.5 mls) S of Alpena County Regional Airport, MI (APN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), United States of America
Destination airport:Alpena County Regional Airport, MI (APN/KAPN), United States of America
Flightnumber:1746
Narrative:
A missed approach procedure was carried out due to bad weather at the destination Alpena. The flight was cleared for another ILS approach at 21:53. The Bandeirante descended crashed in a wooded area 1,5 msl short of the runway and 300 feet left of the extended centreline of runway 01.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's continued descent of the airplane below the glide slope and through the published decision height without obtaining visual reference of the runway for undetermined reasons. Contributing to the accident was the inefficient system used to disseminate weather-related information to the crew."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-87-02
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» Aviation Letter 241
» NTSB/AAR-87/02


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 6 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI to Alpena County Regional Airport, MI as the crow flies is 317 km (198 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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