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Date:Tuesday 13 December 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic JS32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace 3201 Jetstream 32
Operated by:Flagship Airlines
On behalf of:American Eagle
Registration: N918AE
MSN: 918
First flight: 1990
Total airframe hrs:6577
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-12
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:7,4 km (4.6 mls) SW of Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Greensboro/High Point-Piedmont Triad International Airport, NC (GSO/KGSO), United States of America
Destination airport:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), United States of America
Flight 3379 departed Greensboro at 18:03 with a little delay due to baggage rearrangement. The aircraft climbed to a 9000 feet cruising altitude and contacted Raleigh approach control at 18:14, receiving an instruction to reduce the speed to 180 knots and descend to 6000 feet. Raleigh final radar control was contacted at 18:25 and instructions were received to reduce the speed to 170 knots and to descend to 3000t. At 18:30 the flight was advised to turn left and join the localizer course at or above 2100 feet for a runway 05L ILS approach. Shortly after receiving clearance to land, the no. 1 engine ignition light illuminated in the cockpit as a result of a momentary negative torque condition when the propeller speed levers were advanced to 100% and the power levers were at flight idle. The captain suspected an engine flame out and eventually decided to execute a missed approach. The speed had decreased to 122 knots and two momentary stall warnings sounded as the pilot called for max power. The aircraft was in a left turn at 1800 feet and the speed continued to decrease to 103 knots, followed by stall warnings. The rate of descent then increased rapidly to more than 10000 feet/min. The aircraft eventually struck some trees and crashed about 4nm SW of the runway 5L threshold.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) The captain's improper assumption that an engine had failed and 2) the captain's subsequent failure to follow approved procedures for engine failure single-engine approach and go-around, and stall recovery.
Contributing to the cause of the accident was the failure of AMR Eagle/Flagship management to identify, document, monitor and remedy deficiencies in pilot performance and training." 

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-95-07
Download report: Final report
Language: English

Loss of control

» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/95
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/96
» NTSB/AAR-95/07
» Commuter Captain Fails to Follow Emergency Procedures After Suspected Engine Failure, Loses Control of the Aircraft During Instrument Approach (Flight Safety Foundation - Accident Prevention April 1996)

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 12 Safety Recommendations

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photo of BAe-3201-Jetstream-32-N918AE
accident date: 13-12-1994
type: BAe 3201 Jetstream 32
registration: N918AE
photo of BAe-3201-Jetstream-32-N918AE
accident date: 13-12-1994
type: BAe 3201 Jetstream 32
registration: N918AE

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 Greensboro/High Point-Piedmont Triad International Airport, NC to Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC as the crow flies is 106 km (66 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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Jetstream 31

  • 386 built
  • 14th loss
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