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Last updated: 21 October 2021
Date:Monday 9 October 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operating for:Empire Airlines
Leased from:FedEx
Registration: N941FE
MSN: 208B0192
First flight: 1989
Total airframe hrs:3526
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lummi Island, WA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Bellingham Airport, WA (BLI/KBLI), United States of America
Destination airport:Eastsound-Orcas Island Airport, WA (ESD/KORS), United States of America
Flightnumber: 665
Flight 665 departed Bellingham (BLI) at 09:43 on a Special VFR ATC clearance for a flight to Orcas Island (ESD). The aircraft was seen flying in and out of clouds at a low altitude until it struck wooded terrain at an altitude of about 220 feet (67 m) asl.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's attempted flight into known adverse weather conditions, and his subsequent failure to maintain altitude above, or clearance with, trees. Factors contributing to the accident included low ceilings, fog, the pilot's low-altitude flight, rising terrain, and trees."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 years
Accident number: SEA01FA001
Download report: Summary report

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



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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 Bellingham Airport, WA to Eastsound-Orcas Island Airport, WA as the crow flies is 29 km (18 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 Networkís 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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