BE20, vicinity Gallatin Field MT USA, 2007

Summary: 

On February 6, 2007, a Beech 200 King Air, being operated by Metro Aviation on an EMS positioning flight from Great Falls MT to Gallatin Field MT, collided at night in VMC with mountainous terrain approximately 13 nm north-northwest of the intended destination shortly after advising that the airport was in sight and requesting and obtaining permission for a visual approach.

Event Details
When: 
06/02/2007
Event Type: 
Day/Night: 
Night
Flight Conditions: 
VMC

18676

Flight Details
Operator: 
Type of Flight: 
Aerial Work
Take-off Commenced: 
Yes
Flight Airborne: 
Yes
Flight Completed: 
No
Phase of Flight: 
Descent
Location
Location - Airport
Airport: 
CFIT
Tag(s): 
Into terrain, Vertical navigation error, IFR flight plan
HF
Tag(s): 
Ineffective Monitoring, Manual Handling
Outcome
Damage or injury: 
Yes
Aircraft damage: 
Hull loss
Non-aircraft damage: 
Yes
Non-occupant Casualties: 
No
Occupant Fatalities: 
Most or all occupants
Off Airport Landing: 
Yes
Ditching: 
Yes
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Operation
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s): 
None Made
Investigation Type
Type: 
Independent

Description

On February 6, 2007, a Beech 200 King Air, being operated by Metro Aviation on an EMS positioning flight from Great Falls MT to Gallatin Field MT collided with mountainous terrain in night VMC shortly after advising that the airport was in sight and requesting and obtaining permission for a visual approach. The aircraft was destroyed and all three occupants were killed.

Investigation

An Investigation was carried out by the National Transportation Safety Board (USA) (NTSB). It was eastablishd that the aircraft was equipped with TAWS Class 'B' equipment. Impact with terrain was found to have occurred approximately 13 nm north-northwest of the intended destination at a height of just over 700 feet above the elevation of the destination airport.

The Probable Cause of the accident was determined as "the pilot's failure to maintain an adequate altitude and descent rate during a night visual approach" and it was additionally noted that "dark night conditions and mountainous terrain are factors in the accident".

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