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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 3571
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Date:25-JAN-1975
Time:12:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE9L model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 65-A90 King Air
Owner/operator:Wolfe Industries, Inc.
Registration: N57V
MSN: LJ-268
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Washington, D.C. -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Columbus, Ohio
Destination airport:Washington-National Airport (DCA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On a VOR/DME approach to Washington-National Airport, the plane encountered low clouds and the crew failed to realize their altitude was insufficient. On final, the twin engine airplane struck a radio antenna. Upon impact, the left wing was torn off and the aircraft crashed in flames in the garden of the American University campus. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all five occupants were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was an unauthorized descent below the published minimum approach segment altitude during an instrument approach in instrument meteorological conditions for reasons undetermined.
While recognizing that Air Traffic Control should have issued crossing altitude restrictions with the approach clearance and should have issued a more timely safety advisory, the Board, however, is unable to conclude that the issuance of such altitude restrictions and safety advisory in these circumstances would have prevented the occurrence of the accident.

Sources:

NTSB
AL 101

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
28-Feb-2013 22:00 wf Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-May-2016 18:50 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
12-Apr-2019 17:29 Captain Adam Updated [Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]
11-Mar-2020 12:00 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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