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Date:Friday 9 May 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operated by:CSA Air
On behalf of:FedEx Express
Registration: N893FE
MSN: 208B0223
First flight: 1990
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ada, MI (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Traverse City Airport, MI (TVC/KTVC), United States of America
Destination airport:Grand Rapids-Gerald R. Ford International Airport, MI (GRR/KGRR), United States of America
A Cessna 208B, N893FE, operated by CSA Air, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Ada, Michigan. The airplane was on a visual approach to runway 26L at the Grand Rapids-Gerald R. Ford International Airport, MI (GRR). The cargo flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions and was on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The pilot was not injured. The flight originated from the Traverse City Airport, MI (TVC) about 20:00.
The airplane touched down in a field of tall grass and impacted trees at the edge of the field. The left wing was separated from the fuselage at the wing root. The right wing was separated about mid-span. The nose landing gear had collapsed and the propeller blades were all bent rearward with little evidence of rotation

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Accident number: CHI08LA129
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport

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Distance from Traverse City Airport, MI to Grand Rapids-Gerald R. Ford International Airport, MI as the crow flies is 205 km (128 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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Cessna 208

  • 2800+ built
  • 143rd loss
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