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Last updated: 23 January 2022
Datum:Dienstag 27 März 1990
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 100 King Air
Fluggesellschaft:Dolph Briscoe Jr.
Kennzeichen: N696JB
Werknummer: B-13
Baujahr: 1970
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-28
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:6,5 km (4.1 Meilen) von Uvalde-Garner Field, TX (UVA) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Cotulla Airport, TX (COT/KCOT), USA
Flug nach:Uvalde-Garner Field, TX (UVA/KUVA), USA
The pilots were making an NDB approach to an uncontrolled airport that was 941 feet msl. The NDB was 1.8 nm from the airport, and the pilots were supposed to maintain minimum descent altitude (MDA) of 1,540 feet until the runway was in sight. Prior to the crash, ATC had told them that they were 15 miles from the airport. Approximately four miles from the airport, the airplane impacted the top of a hill, at a point 990 feet msl. The airplane was demolished by impact and post-impact fire. the weather was estimated to be 300 feet overcast and one mile visibility. Bo mechanical malfunctions were reported or discovered. The lack of a local altimeter setting increased the MDA by 240 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper IFR procedure by the pilot by not maintaining the minimum descent altitude (MDA) for that segment of the approach. Factors related to the accident were: darkness, low ceiling, fog, and rain."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Accident number: FTW90LA087
Download report: Summary report



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Distance from Cotulla Airport, TX to Uvalde-Garner Field, TX as the crow flies is 98 km (61 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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