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Last updated: 17 January 2022
Datum:Dienstag 26 Oktober 1993
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BE30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 300/F Super King Air
Fluggesellschaft:Federal Aviation Administration - FAA
Kennzeichen: N82
Werknummer: FF-17
Baujahr: 1988
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Front Royal, VA (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Winchester Regional Airport, VA (KOKV), USA
Flug nach:Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, VA (PHF/KPHF), USA
The Beech Super King Air 300/F, owned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and operated by the Atlantic City (ACY), New Jersey, Flight Inspection Area Office (FIAO), was destroyed when it crashed into mountainous terrain near Front Royal, Virginia. The three flight crewmembers aboard received fatal injuries.
The airplane had departed the nearby Winchester Regional Airport in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) on a routine point-to-point flight to Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF), Virginia after conducting a flight inspection of the ILS at Winchester Regional Airport.
Witnesses described low clouds that were consistent with instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) in the area of the accident site, which was about 15 miles south of the departure airfield. An instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan to PHF was on file in the air traffic control (ATC) system, but the flight plan had not yet been activated.
The airplane was flying at 2,000 feet until it struck the high terrain near the Linden VOR, while the pilot in command was awaiting an IFR clearance.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The failure of the pilot-in-command to ensure that the airplane remained in visual meteorological conditions over mountainous terrain, and the failure of the Federal Aviation Administration executives and managers responsible for the FAA flying program to:
1) establish effective and accountable leadership and oversight of flying operations;
2) establish minimum mission and operational performance standards;
3) recognize and address performance-related problems among the organization's pilots; and
4) remove from flight operations duty pilots who were not performing to standards.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 168 days (6 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-94/03
Download report: Final report



NTSB issued 16 Safety Recommendations

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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 Winchester Regional Airport, VA to Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, VA as the crow flies is 264 km (165 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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