Accident Beechcraft 55 Baron N54643,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36674
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Date:Wednesday 14 January 1998
Time:20:06 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 55 Baron
Owner/operator:Cherokee Aero Aviation
Registration: N54643
Total airframe hrs:3345 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-470-L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Pinckneyville, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Hillsboro, IL (3K4)
Destination airport:(KPJY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot told ATC that he was going to conduct a GPS approach to the destination airport with a landing on runway 18. The pilot subsequently received clearance for and initiated a night IFR approach to runway 18. The airplane impacted trees at the 75 foot level followed by impact with the terrain approximately 3.9 north of the airport. The accident debris track was on the extended centerline of the intended runway and the debris scattered on a heading in the direction of the runway. The elevation of the terrain in the area at the airport, and the accident site are similar. The owner of the airplane stated that the airplane was not equipped with a GPS system. The owner of the airplane said the pilot was known to own a handheld GPS unit. Identified at the accident site was a destroyed handheld GPS unit. The weather at the destination airport was described as 'marginal' for an approach with rain and fog according to the airplane owner who was present at the airport about the time of the accident.

Probable Cause: The pilot descent below minimum descent altitude and his intentional operation with known deficiencies in equipment. Factors were the dark night, fog, rain, and the trees.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI98FA082
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Jun-2023 05:57 Ron Averes Updated [[Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]]
07-Apr-2024 14:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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