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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 4 August 1994
Time:16:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A100 King Air
Operator:Westchester Air
Registration: N7GA
C/n / msn: B-119
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:10426
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-28
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) S of North Adams-Harriman-and-West Airport, MA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:North Adams-Harriman-and-West Airport, MA (KAQW), United States of America
Destination airport:White Plains-Westchester County Airport, NY (HPN/KHPN), United States of America
Narrative:
A Beechcraft A100 King Air, N7GA, registered to Westchester Air Inc., collided with the ground after takeoff from North Adams-Harriman-and-West Airport, MA. The airplane was destroyed, and the pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an IFR flight plan had been filed.

Several witnesses saw the airplane, after take off, flying to the left of the runway centerline, at a low altitude, and at a slow speed. The airplane was seen turning left prior to striking the ground with the left wing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain minimum control speed after an undetermined loss of engine power, which resulted in an inadvertent stall at too low of an altitude to allow recovery."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: NYC94FA148
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from North Adams-Harriman-and-West Airport, MA to White Plains-Westchester County Airport, NY as the crow flies is 185 km (116 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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