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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46031
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C310 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 310R II
Owner/operator:Rader Aviation Inc
Registration: N123RA
MSN: 310R0221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bluefield, WV -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Lewisburg, WV (LWB)
Destination airport:Bluefield, WV (BLF)
The pilot initiated an ILS approach during a period of light snow, and a ceiling of 400 feet. During the approach, a band of heavy snow, with reduced visibility, moved over the airport. The pilot reported established on the approach, then acknowledged a frequency change to the airport's common traffic advisory frequency. No further transmissions were received. Radar data revealed that the airplane joined the localizer outside the initial approach fix, and proceeded inbound, on course. Due to limited radar coverage, the last radar contact with the airplane was about 3/4 of a mile inside the final approach fix, still on course, about 1,850 feet above the airport. A witness, about 1/3 to 1/2 mile to the east of the airport, saw the airplane fly overhead at a very low altitude, then heard the engines rev up, and saw the airplane climb. The airplane disappeared into the falling snow, and the witness then heard the sound of a crash. Airplane wreckage was later found on rising terrain, about 1/2 nautical mile to the left of the runway's departure end. The landing gear and flaps were up, and the elevator was trimmed for a climb. Trees were initially cut at an ascending angle of about 5 degrees for approximately 50 feet, then a descending angle of about 5 degrees for another 250 feet. The wreckage elevation was approximately the same as the decision height for the ILS approach. There was no evidence of pre-accident mechanical failure.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to execute the published missed approach procedure. A factor was heavy snowfall during the approach.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 10:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
31-Dec-2017 14:42 TB Updated [Aircraft type]

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