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Last updated: 21 October 2017
Datum:woensdag 26 april 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Registratie: N9637F
Constructienummer: 208-00120
Aantal vlieguren:742
Motoren: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 1
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 1
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:7,5 km (4.7 mijl) S of Decatur Airport, IL (DEC) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Marion-Williamson County Airport, IL (MWA/KMWA), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Decatur Airport, IL (DEC/KDEC), Verenigde Staten
A Cessna 208 Caravan 1 crashed while approaching Decatur Airport, IL (DEC). The pilot sustained minor injuries but the plane was substantially damaged.
The pilot was approaching in strong winds of 30 kts gusting to 40 kts and severe turbulence. A pilot landing ahead reported a 20 knot windshear on finals.
The accident pilot had descended to 1500 feet when the airplane encountered strong turbulence. The airspeed went from stall to redline and the plane was uncontrollable and struck terrain.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's intentional flight into known adverse weather. Contributing factors were the pilot's poor evaluation of the weather information given him by the air traffic controllers."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 9 months
Accident number: CHI89FA078
Download report: Summary report


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Marion-Williamson County Airport, IL en Decatur Airport, IL bedraagt 230 km (144 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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