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Last updated: 18 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 23 June 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Operator:Barry D. Tidwell
Registration: N859DD
MSN: BB-859
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:2966
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Jasper-Walker County Airport-Bevill Field, AL (JFX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM/KBHM), United States of America
Destination airport:Jasper-Walker County Airport-Bevill Field, AL (JFX/KJFX), United States of America
The pilot obtained a weather briefing for his proposed flight from Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM) to Jasper, AL to Allentown, PA. He did not file a flight plan for the 35 mile flight from Birmingham to Jasper, however, he did file a flight plan for the proposed flight from Jasper to Allentown. He stated that he 'felt like he got a little slow and the tail stalled' during his VFR landing approach at Jasper. The aircraft contacted the ground at the east end of the east-west runway on a northerly track. The aircraft continued on the northerly track for 288 ft before colliding with trees. The aircraft was destroyed by the post crash fire. Witnesses reported fog in the area and the pilot reported that he had encountered patches of fog on the flight from Birmingham.

Probable Cause:

proper alignment .. not attained .. pilot in command
airspeed .. not maintained .. pilot in command
stall .. inadvertent .. pilot in command
weather condition .. fog
object .. tree(s)
light condition .. dawn
go-around .. not performed .. pilot in command

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: ATL87LA182
Download report: Summary report

Loss of control



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Distance from Birmingham Airport, AL to Jasper-Walker County Airport-Bevill Field, AL as the crow flies is 64 km (40 miles).

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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