Event Details

Title:Controlled Flight into Terrain, Campbell-Ewald Advertising Company, Rockwell Turbo Commander 690A, N847CE, Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, September 12, 1975
Micro summary:This Rockwell Turbo Commander 690A crashed on approach to Farmington.
Event Time:1975-09-12 at 1058 EDT
File Name:1975-09-12-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-1976-7
Site of event:5 nmi northeast of Nemacolin Airport
Latitude/Longitude:N3950' W7930'
Departure:Pittsburgh International Airport (Greater Pittsburgh Airport), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Destination:Nemacolin Airport, Farmington, Pennsylvania, USA
Airplane Type(s):Rockwell Turbo Commander 690A
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):Campbell-Ewald Advertising Company
Type of flight:Corporate
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:On September 12, 1975, a Campbell-Ewald Advertising Company Rockwell Turbo Commander 690A, N847CE, was operated as a corporate executive flight from Pontiac, Michigan, to Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, with a stop at Pittsburgh.

About 1058 e. d. t. on September 12, after the flight had departed Pittsburgh and was en route to Nemacolin, radar contact and radio communications were lost, which was not unusual or unexpected, when the flight was about 5 nmi northeast of the Nemacolin Airport. The flight was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan and in instrument meteorological conditions.

On September 13, the wreckage was located about 5 nmi from the Nemacolin Airport in mountainous terrain at an elevation of about 2,800 feet. The two crewmembers and the two passengers were killed; the aircraft was destroyed.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's attempt to execute a VFR approach in meteorological conditions which precluded visual flight to an airport which did not have an FAA-approved instrument approach procedure.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Systems - Communications
Consequence - Hull Loss
Close match:Controlled Flight into Terrain, United Airlines, Inc., DC-8F-54, N8047U, near Kaysville, Utah, December 18, 1977


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