NTSB Identification: FTW91FA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44324.
Accident occurred Friday, March 15, 1991 in NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/13/1993
Aircraft: BEECH 36, registration: N23535
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
FOLLOWING AN IFR FLIGHT FROM EL PASO, TEXAS, TO NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS, THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO MAKE AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH TO THE NEW BRAUNFELS AIRPORT. WEATHER AT THE TIME OF THE APPROACH WAS BELOW PUBLISHED MINIMUMS OF 600 FEET AND 1 1/4 MILES VISIBILITY AND THE PILOT WAS AWARE OF THIS FACT PRIOR TO INITIATING THE APPROACH. THE AIRPLANE DESCENDED THROUGH THE MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE AND IMPACTED RIGHT OF THE RUNWAY CENTERLINE. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE GROUND WITH ITS LEFT WING DURING A STEEP LEFT TURN AND CARTWHEELED TO ITS FINAL RESTING PLACE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S DISREGARD FOR THE MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE AND FAILURE TO PERFORM A MISSED APPROACH. FACTORS WERE THE PILOT'S ATTEMPT TO FLY INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS, LOW CEILING, RAIN, AND FOG.
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