Accident Beechcraft 1900C-1 N55000,
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Date:Friday 3 January 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 1900C-1
Owner/operator:USAir Express
Registration: N55000
MSN: UC-135
Year of manufacture:1990
Total airframe hrs:1675 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:8 km NE of Saranac Lake-Adirondack Airport, NY (SLK) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport, NY (PLB/KPLB)
Destination airport:Saranac Lake-Adirondack Airport, NY (SLK/KSLK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Beechcraft 1900C-1 struck Blue Hill at 2280 feet during an ILS approach to Saranac Lake runway 23. The glide slope elevation at that point was approx. 2900 feet.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the captain to establish a stabilized approach, his inadequate cross-check of instruments, his descent below specified minimum altitude at the final approach fix, and failure of the copilot to monitor the approach. Factors related to the accident were: weather conditions and possible precipitation static interference, caused by inadequate grounding between the radome and fuselage that could have resulted in unreliable glide slope indications."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA92MA016
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Air Transport World 2/92
Flight Safety Foundation - Accident Prevention - July 1995
ICAO Adrep Summary 1/95 (#15)
NTSB Safety Recommendations A-94-74/-76
Scramble 153


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