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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Datum:Dienstag 17 Dezember 2002
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Kennzeichen: N277PM
Werknummer: 208B0143
Baujahr: 1988
Triebwerk: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:3,4 km (2.1 Meilen) SW of Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, IL (RFD) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Decatur Airport, IL (DEC/KDEC), USA
Flug nach:Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, IL (RFD/KRFD), USA
The Cessna 208 departed Decatur (DEC) at 21:54, transporting cargo for United Parcel Service (UPS) to Rockford (RFD). At 22:49 the pilot was cleared for the ILS runway 07 approach. One minute later the local controller issued the winds as 140 degrees at 18 knots and cleared the flight to land. On finals the Cessna struck trees and crashed on a plowed cornfield.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during the ILS approach. Factors associated with the accident were the low ceilings, high winds, crosswind, and wind shear conditions that existed."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: CHI03FA041
Download report: Summary report



photo of Cessna-208B-Super-Cargomaster-N277PM
accident date: 17-12-2002
type: Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
registration: N277PM

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 Decatur Airport, IL to Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, IL as the crow flies is 261 km (163 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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