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Last updated: 22 October 2021
Date:Thursday 19 November 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic B18T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Volpar Turboliner
Operator:Connie Kalitta Services
Registration: N10AS
MSN: 3596
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:15800
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-1-101
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Saint Clair Shores, MI (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Newark Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:Detroit City Airport, MI (DET/KDET), United States of America
While enroute to home base after delivery of revenue cargo, the pilot experienced a total loss of engine power in both engines due to fuel exhaustion. The pilot performed emergency procedures and set the aircraft up for a forced landing in a grassy field on the edge of a lake. The aircraft initially impacted a tree and the rocky berm of the shoreline. The contact with the berm caused the landing gear to break off, the aircraft swerved around and skidded backwards before coming to a rest about 150 feet from the lakeshore. Post accident investigation revealed less than 2 gallons of fuel in each wing tank.

The aircraft, a Volpar Turboliner II cargo plane, was a stretched turbine conversion of a Beechcraft SNB-5 Navigator (Redesignated TC-45J in 1962) that was operated by the US Navy.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause:
planning/decision..poor..pilot in command

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: CHI88FA024
Download report: Summary report

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing outside airport



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Distance from Newark Airport, NJ to Detroit City Airport, MI as the crow flies is 754 km (472 miles).

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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