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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Friday 8 November 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Brown County Financial Services
Registration: N514DB
MSN: 208B0971
First flight: 2002
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4,8 km (3 mls) S of Parks, AZ (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), United States of America
Destination airport:Midland International Airport, TX (MAF/KMAF), United States of America
Caravan N514DB departed Las Vegas (LAS) for a flight to Midland (MAF). Planned flying time was four hours. An AIRMET was in effect for the pilot's route of flight, that included moderate mixed and rime icing from the freezing level up to 24,000 feet. The freezing level was forecast to be at 12,500 feet in Arizona and that it was dropping down to 10,500 feet further east. The pilot received routine clearances, via his planned route, and climbed to a cruising altitude of 13,000 feet. At 10:09, the pilot requested a climb to 15,000 feet, which was approved by Albuquerque ARTCC. Six minutes later the pilot reported mixed icing and requested to climb to 17,000 feet. The controller cleared the flight for that altitude. At 10:16 ARTCC radar showed the airplane climb to 15,200 feet, then rapidly descend. The Caravan had entered a spin and impacted a wooded area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's improper in flight planning/decision making, his flight into known icing conditions, and his failure to maintain adequate airspeed which resulted in the inadvertent stall/spin and impact with terrain. Factors contributing to the accident were the pilot's improper pre-flight planning/preparation, the icing conditions, and the inadvertent stall/spin."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 7 months
Accident number: DEN03FA012
Download report: Summary report

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Distance from Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV to Midland International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 1269 km (793 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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