ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N227DM Gainesville-Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, GA (GVL)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 3 March 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:DMC Flying Service
Registration: N227DM
MSN: 208B0364
First flight: 1993
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,2 km (0.8 mls) SSE of Gainesville-Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, GA (GVL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV), United States of America
Destination airport:Gainesville-Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, GA (GVL/KGVL), United States of America
The flight was executing the non-precision NDB approach to runway 04 at Gainesville (GVL), had reported procedure turn inbound, and was cleared to change to advisory frequency. Witnesses observed the airplane descend out of the base of the overcast clouds in a 10 degree nose down, 45 degree left wing down attitude. the airplane impacted terrain SSE of the airport. Witnesses in the area reported that the weather was ceilings of about 100 feet and visibility of about 500 feet in light rain and fog. The minimum descent altitude for the approach is 465 feet agl.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilots failure to maintain the minimum descent altitude during the approach. the weather and dark night light condition were factors."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 237 days (8 months)
Accident number: ATL95FA057
Download report: Summary report


Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» NTSB id ATL95FA057


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Distance from Savannah International Airport, GA to Gainesville-Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, GA as the crow flies is 339 km (212 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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