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Last updated: 25 October 2021
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 5 October 2021
Time:05:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C
Operator:Sierra West Airlines
Registration: N283SA
MSN: 83
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,3 km (0.8 mls) W of Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, GA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, TX (LBB/KLBB), United States of America
Destination airport:Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, GA (KHQU), United States of America
Flightnumber:PKW887
Narrative:
Sierra West Airlines flight PKW887, a Dassault Falcon 20CC, N283SA, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain while on approach to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (HQU/KHQU), Thomson, Georgia. The captain and first officer were fatally injured.

The final ADS-B data point (located 1.1 nautical miles from Rwy 10 threshold) showed a descent rate of -1,600 feet per minute at 700 ft pressure altitude (820 ft MSL) and a ground speed of 133 Kts. The Field elevation is 500.9' MSL. Lowest permitted decent on any approach to Rwy 10 is 400/1.

Sources:
» theaugustapress.com
» flight track
» kcbd.com

METAR Weather report:
09:50 UTC / 05:50 local time:
METAR KHQU 050950Z AUTO 00000KT 7SM HZ SCT012 SCT033 OVC090 20/ A3004 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT N AND W


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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 FlightAware.
Distance from Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, TX to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, GA as the crow flies is 1774 km (1109 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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