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Datum:woensdag 28 augustus 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft C99 Commuter
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Sunbird Airlines
Registratie: N992SB
Constructienummer: U-170
Bouwjaar: 1981
Aantal vlieguren:7651
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-36
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:11 km (6.9 mijl) E of Hickory, NC (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Manoeuvreren (MNV)
Soort vlucht:Training
Vliegveld van vertrek:Hickory Airport, NC (HKY/KHKY), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), Verenigde Staten
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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Hickory Airport, NC en Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC bedraagt 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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