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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Fecha:jueves 8 febrero 2001
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AT Merlin IVC
Operador:Northern Illinois Flight Center
Registración: N318DH
Numéro de série: AT-469
Año de Construcción: 1981
Horas Totales de la Célula:7207
Motores: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-611G
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 4
Total:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 6
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Beaver Island Airport, MI (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Beaver Island Airport, MI (KSJX), Estados Unidos de América
N318DH departed Chicago-Midway around 17:00 CST for an IFR flight to Beaver Island. The aircraft had been cleared for the NDB or GPS runway 27 instrument approach to Beaver Island Airport when it impacted trees and terrain 1.74 miles and 226 degrees magnetic from the airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flightcrew not maintaining altitude/clearance during the circling instrument approach. Factors were the pilot in command initiating the flight without proper weather reporting facilities at the destination, the flightcrew not flying to an alternate destination, the flightcrew not following company and FAA procedures/directives, the lack of certification of the second pilot, the operator not following company and FAA procedures/directives, and the dark night and the low ceiling."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: CHI01FA083
Download report: Summary report



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Distance from Chicago-Midway Airport, IL to Beaver Island Airport, MI as the crow flies is 465 km (291 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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