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Last updated: 23 September 2018
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 8 octobre 1997
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Compagnie:Scenic Airlines
Immatriculation: N12022
Numéro de série: 208B0432
Année de Fabrication: 1995
Heures de vol:2599
Moteurs: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 8 / à bord: 8
Total:victimes: 9 / à bord: 9
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:33 km (20.6 milles) SW of Montrose, CO (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 3030 m (9941 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Charter National
Aéroport de départ:Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ/KMTJ), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Page Airport, AZ (PGA/KPGA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
The flight was an on-demand air charter on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). The Cessna Caravan was to carry out a return flight from Page (PGA) to Montrose County (MTJ). The return flight to Page was scheduled to depart Montrose at 17:00 on October 7, but was delayed to the next day because of bad weather en route. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed upon takeoff and a company visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was used. The flight took off at 07:05 from runway 17 of the Montrose Airport which is located at an elevation of 5,759 feet msl (1762 m). While climbing through an altitude of 10,000 feet, the target airplane's course changed from southwest to northwest, back to southwest, and then made a sharp turn to the right. At an altitude of 15,400 ft msl the airplane entered an uncontrolled descent. It descended in a steep flight path angle (about -65 degrees) at an approximate flat pitch attitude, and little indication of forward speed. The Caravan struck terrain among 60-foot-high pine trees at the 9,900 foot (3030 m) level on the Uncompahgre Plateau.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Safety Board determined that the probable cause of the accident was the pilot's failure to maintain sufficient airspeed for undetermined reasons while maneuvering the airplane near maximum gross weight and aft cg in or near instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in a loss of control and entry into a stall/spin. Factors contributing to the accident were the pilot's improper in-flight planning and decision-making and his failure to use proper stall/spin recovery techniques."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: DCA98MA002
Download report: Summary report

» NTSB id DCA98MA002

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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Montrose County Airport, CO et Page Airport, AZ est de 356 km (223 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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