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Last updated: 18 July 2018
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 10 mars 2015
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Immatriculation: N12155
Numéro de série: 208B0562
Année de Fabrication: 1996
Moteurs: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 1
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Lieu de l'accident:Muskegon Airport, MI (MKG) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Aéroport de départ:Lansing-Capital City Airport, MI (LAN/KLAN), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Muskegon Airport, MI (MKG/KMKG), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
A Cessna 208B airplane, N12155, struck approach lights during an instrument approach and landing at Muskegon County Airport, Michigan. The pilot, the sole occupant on board, was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage.
Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Lansing-Capital City Airport (LAN), Michigan and was destined for Muskegon County Airport.

According to the pilot he flew the approach to minimums, saw the approach lights and saw he was right of the runway. As he maneuvered to realign the airplane with the runway, he struck the approach lights. After landing, he examined the airplane and found the left horizontal stabilizer hanging down. There were numerous dents on the leading edge of the left wing strut, and the left landing gear was bent.

Effective at the time of this accident was a permanent Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) associated with the ILS runway 24 approach prohibiting a coupled autopilot approach from 1150 feet mean seal level to the surface. During a post-accident interview the pilot stated he was unaware of this NOTAM. The NOTAM had been in effect since February 21st, 2014 and the approach chart used did not note this approach restriction.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's improper decision to continue the landing when the airplane was not in a safe position to land, resulting in the collision with ground-based approach lighting."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 185 days (6 months)
Accident number: GAA15CA005
Download report: Summary report



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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 Lansing-Capital City Airport, MI et Muskegon Airport, MI est de 140 km (88 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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