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Last updated: 4 August 2021
Status:Preliminary
Date:Sunday 7 March 2021
Time:05:08 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia
Operator:Berry Aviation
Registration: N233SW
MSN: 120307
First flight: 1995
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP/KYIP), United States of America
Destination airport:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK/KCAK), United States of America
Flightnumber:BYA233
Narrative:
Berry Aviation flight BYA233, a Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia, performed a gear-up landing at Detroit-Willow Run Airport, Michigan (YIP).
ADS-B data show that the aircraft departed YIP at 04:37 UTC, bound for Akron/Canton Regional Airport, Ohio.

A review of the LiveATC.net audio revealed that the crew requested a return to KYIP. Shortly thereafter an emergency was declared. The flight was vectored for, then cleared for a visual approach to runway 5R at YIP.
Track data indicated the airplane conducted two low passes over YIP, before landing at 05:08 UTC.

Classification:
Gear-up landing
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» Photo of the aircraft being broken up at YIP


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line is connecting ADS-B datapoints from Flightradar24.
Distance from Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI to Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH as the crow flies is 226 km (141 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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