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Datum:Mittwoch 28 August 1985
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft C99 Commuter
Fluggesellschaft:Sunbird Airlines
Kennzeichen: N992SB
Werknummer: U-170
Baujahr: 1981
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-36
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:11 km (6.9 Meilen) E of Hickory, NC (   USA)
Flugphase: Manövrieren (MNV)
Flug von:Hickory Airport, NC (HKY/KHKY), USA
Flug nach:Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), USA
The aircraft left Hickory for a co-pilot qualification flight. The aircraft climbed to 5500 feet and after a while started performing a pitch trim emergency, which is part of Sunbirds training program. The flight descended until it struck tree limbs and a utility pole before colliding with the ground in a 35deg. angle of descent.

Probable Cause:

"Emergency procedure - selected - pilot in command (CFI)
Remedial action - not performed - dual student
Lack of familiarity with aircraft - dual student
Remedial action - delayed - pilot in command (CFI)
Fatigue - pilot in command (CFI)
Supervision - not maintained - pilot in command (CFI)
Fatigue - pilot in command (CFI)"

» NTSB id ATL85FA261


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Hickory Airport, NC to Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC as the crow flies is 71 km (44 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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