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Date:Monday 29 January 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operated by:Wiggins Airways
On behalf of:Federal Express
Registration: N854FE
MSN: 208B0172
First flight: 1989
Total airframe hrs:390
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3,2 km (2 mls) S of Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport, NY (PLB) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport, NY (PLB/KPLB), United States of America
Destination airport:Syracuse-Hancock International Airport, NY (SYR/KSYR), United States of America
The Cessna made a takeoff from runway 19 at Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport (PLB) with light wet snow falling, at night. The airplane reached an altitude of 700 feet agl prior to making a steep descent, striking trees and impacting inverted. The accident airplane had come from a hangar and was not de-iced prior to departure.
Another Cessna Caravan (N4688B) crashed under the same circumstances just about 40 km (25 miles) away at 21:00 minutes.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control in-flight after the airplane stalled during climbout. The stall resulted from a loss of lift due to a contaminated wing surface. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the pilot to de-ice the aircraft prior to departure."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 10 months
Accident number: NYC90FA060
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

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Distance from Plattsburgh-Clinton County Airport, NY to Syracuse-Hancock International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 269 km (168 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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