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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 967
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SR20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cirrus SR20
Registration: N108GD
MSN: 1290
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Stewart State Forest, 2 miles from Stewart Int. Airport, (SWF), Newbur -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Lynchburg, VA (LYH)
Destination airport:Newburgh, NY (SWF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was attempting his second instrument landing system approach in night instrument meteorological conditions, below the published approach weather minimums (which were not a regulatory limit for the flight) when the accident happened. After the first approach resulted in a missed approach, the pilot reported that he established the airplane on the localizer course and that the airplane was then cleared to land, which the pilot acknowledged. No further transmissions were received from the accident airplane, which impacted trees and uneven terrain about 2 miles from the approach end of the runway. The pilot did not survive, but both passengers did. The passengers stated that the airplane was flying in foggy conditions; however, the flight seemed normal until the airplane impacted trees. Examination of the airplane did not reveal any preimpact malfunctions. The pilot woke up about 19 hours prior to the accident and the investigation revealed that he did not sleep between the start of his day and the accident. The pilot was not issued a minimum safe altitude warning (MSAW) by air traffic control because the radar sensor being used to track the airplane did not provide sufficient coverage to trigger an MSAW alarm. A different system was available to the controller that if selected would have sounded an MSAW.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain the proper glidepath during an instrument-landing-system approach in fog. Contributing to the accident were pilot fatigue and air traffic control's failure to issue a minimum safe altitude warning.





Revision history:

24-Jan-2008 21:15 JINX Added
04-Aug-2009 23:31 Anon. Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 19:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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