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Last updated: 18 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 16 December 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 99 Airliner
Operator:Freight Runners Express
Registration: N399CZ
MSN: U-52
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:35914
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wausau-Central Wisconsin Airport, WI (CWA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE), United States of America
Destination airport:Wausau-Central Wisconsin Airport, WI (CWA/KCWA), United States of America
The Beech sustained substantial damage during a hard landing on runway 08.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain the proper descent rate and his inadequate flare."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 226 days (8 months)
Accident number: CHI04LA042
Download report: Summary report

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Distance from Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI to Wausau-Central Wisconsin Airport, WI as the crow flies is 246 km (154 miles).

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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