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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 10 December 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 100 King Air
Operator:Teledyne Industries
Registration: N65TD
MSN: B-50
First flight: 1970
Total airframe hrs:7710
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-28
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Windsor, MA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Elyria Airport, OH, United States of America
Destination airport:Pittsfield Airport, MA (PSF/KPSF), United States of America
During arrival for a LOC runway 26 approach, the pilot was advised the abyss fan marker was notamed out-of-service. With abyss inoperative, the minimum descent altitude (MDA) was 2200 feet. After N65TD was cleared for the approach, radar service was terminated and the flight was cleared to advisory frequency. The crew contacted unicom and obtained airport and weather advisory. The Unicom operator advised winds light and variable, estimated 800 feet overcast, visibility 5 miles, slush and ice reported on runway 1/2 hr earlier. After the crew reported 'procedure turn inbound,' no further transmissions were received from the aircraft. Subsequently, it hit trees on rising terrain at an elevation of approx 2200 feet, approx 7 miles before reaching the final approach fix (FAF, DALTON NDB). Minimum altitude for the approach in that area was 3000 feet. No preimpact part problems were found during the investigation. Airport elevation was 1194 feet. Radio transcripts indicated the crew were getting a weak signal from the DALTON NDB. Although not a required navaid, CHESTER VORTAC was depicted on the approach chart as an additional source to id the FAF, but was notamed as out-of-svc. The pilot did not obtain notams before flight.

Probable Cause:

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
- IFR procedure .. improper .. pilot in command
- proper altitude .. not maintained .. pilot in command
Contributing factors:
- terrain condition .. mountainous/hilly
- preflight planning/preparation .. inadequate .. pilot in command
- weather condition .. low ceiling
- weather condition .. fog
- terrain condition .. rising
- object .. tree(s)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: ATL87MA041
Download report: Summary report

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Aviation Letter 243
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photo of Beechcraft-100-King-Air-N65TD

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 Elyria Airport, OH to Pittsfield Airport, MA as the crow flies is 734 km (459 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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