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Date:Tuesday 27 March 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 100 King Air
Operator:Dolph Briscoe Jr.
Registration: N696JB
MSN: B-13
First flight: 1970
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-28
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) from Uvalde-Garner Field, TX (UVA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Cotulla Airport, TX (COT/KCOT), United States of America
Destination airport:Uvalde-Garner Field, TX (UVA/KUVA), United States of America
The pilots were making an NDB approach to an uncontrolled airport that was 941 feet msl. The NDB was 1.8 nm from the airport, and the pilots were supposed to maintain minimum descent altitude (MDA) of 1,540 feet until the runway was in sight. Prior to the crash, ATC had told them that they were 15 miles from the airport. Approximately four miles from the airport, the airplane impacted the top of a hill, at a point 990 feet msl. The airplane was demolished by impact and post-impact fire. the weather was estimated to be 300 feet overcast and one mile visibility. Bo mechanical malfunctions were reported or discovered. The lack of a local altimeter setting increased the MDA by 240 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper IFR procedure by the pilot by not maintaining the minimum descent altitude (MDA) for that segment of the approach. Factors related to the accident were: darkness, low ceiling, fog, and rain."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Accident number: FTW90LA087
Download report: Summary report
Language: English



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Distance from Cotulla Airport, TX to Uvalde-Garner Field, TX as the crow flies is 98 km (61 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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