ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster N277PM Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, IL (RFD)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 17 December 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Registration: N277PM
MSN: 208B0143
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:10120
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3,4 km (2.1 mls) SW of Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, IL (RFD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Decatur Airport, IL (DEC/KDEC), United States of America
Destination airport:Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, IL (RFD/KRFD), United States of America
The Cessna 208 departed Decatur (DEC) at 21:54, transporting cargo for United Parcel Service (UPS) to Rockford (RFD). At 22:49 the pilot was cleared for the ILS runway 07 approach. One minute later the local controller issued the winds as 140 degrees at 18 knots and cleared the flight to land. On finals the Cessna struck trees and crashed on a plowed cornfield.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during the ILS approach. Factors associated with the accident were the low ceilings, high winds, crosswind, and wind shear conditions that existed."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: CHI03FA041
Download report: Summary report

Loss of control



photo of Cessna-208B-Super-Cargomaster-N277PM
accident date: 17-12-2002
type: Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
registration: N277PM

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Decatur Airport, IL to Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, IL as the crow flies is 261 km (163 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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