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Last updated: 28 January 2022
Fecha:miércoles 28 agosto 1985
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft C99 Commuter
Operador:Sunbird Airlines
Registración: N992SB
Numéro de série: U-170
Año de Construcción: 1981
Horas Totales de la Célula:7651
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-36
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:11 km (6.9 milles) E of Hickory, NC (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Maniobras (MNV)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Hickory Airport, NC (HKY/KHKY), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), Estados Unidos de América
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.

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