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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Friday 25 October 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A100 King Air
Operator:Aviation Charter
Registration: N41BE
MSN: B-245
First flight: 1979
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-28
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3,3 km (2.1 mls) SE of Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport, MN (EVM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:St. Paul Downtown Airport, MN (STP/KSTP), United States of America
Destination airport:Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport, MN (EVM/KEVM), United States of America
A Beechcraft A100 King Air, N41BE, operated by Aviation Charter, Inc., crashed while the flight crew was attempting to execute the VOR approach to runway 27 at Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport, MN (EVM). The two pilots and six passengers were killed, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire.
The airplane was being operated as an on-demand passenger charter flight to fly U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone and his staff from St. Paul Downtown Airport, MN (STP) to Eveleth. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan.
The flight departed St. Paul at 09:37 and climbed to the cruising altitude of 13.000 feet.
At 10:19, the controller stated, "king air one bravo echo change to advisory frequency approved[;] advise cancellation of ifr with the Princeton flight service when on the ground." The co-pilot acknowledged the instruction. This was the last transmission received by ATC from the accident airplane. Radar data indicate that at this time, the airplane began its descent from 3,500 feet and that its airspeed stopped decreasing about 155 KCAS and began increasing.
The airplane's airspeed increased to about 170 KCAS and its vertical speed increased through 1,000 feet per minute (fpm) as it descended through 3,200 feet.
The airspeed stabilized briefly at about 170 KCAS and the vertical speed peaked at about 1,400 fpm. At 10:20, as the airplane passed through (south of) the approach course about 5 miles east of the runway 27 threshold, a slight right turn was initiated, and the airplane's airspeed and vertical speed began decreasing. The airplane established on a ground track of about 269° and maintained this track. The last two radar returns indicate that the airplane had slowed to about 76 KCAS at 1,800 feet.
The airplane impacted the ground about 1.8 miles southeast of the approach end of runway 27.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which led to an aerodynamic stall from which they did not recover."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: NTSB AAR-03/03
Download report: Final report

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Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 8 Safety Recommendations

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Radar ground track

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 St. Paul Downtown Airport, MN to Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport, MN as the crow flies is 278 km (174 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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