NTSB Identification: ATL85LA086.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27458.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, January 31, 1985 in HUNTINGTON, WV
Aircraft: BEECH E18S, registration: N95HA
Injuries: 2 Serious,2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

3-4 INCH SNOW ACCUMULATION ON ACFT PRIOR TO FLT. PLT SAID HE SWEPT SNOW OFF EXCEPT AN AREA HE COULD NOT REACH. HEAVY SNOWFALL, WET SNOW REPORTED AS ACFT WAS PREPARED FOR DEPARTURE, DRG RUNUP, TAXI AND TAKEOFF. PLT ADVISED BY TOWER THAT VISIBILITY WAS 1/8 MILE WITH FOG AND SNOW. PUBLISHED TKOF MINIMUM FOR FAR 135 OPN WAS 1/2 MILE. AFTER RIKING SNOWPLOW LOCATED 150 FEET LEFT OF RWY. ACFT CONTINUED OVER EMBANKMENT AND CAME TO REST INVERTED. ICE AND SNOW FND ON UPPER TAIL SURFACE. ELEVATOR TRIM INDICATED FULL NOSE DN. AILERON TRIM IND LEFT BANK. WITNESSES SAID ENGS SOUNDED NORMAL, LDG LIGHTS ON, 600 FEET VISIBILITY FROM POSITION OF SNOWPLOW. PLT SAID 35 INCHES MAP WHEN DESCENDING. MAP INCREASED WITH ADDITIONAL THROTTLE. NO ENGINE ROUGHNESS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

ICE/FROST REMOVAL FROM AIRCRAFT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

PROPER ASSISTANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..BELOW APPROACH/LANDING MINIMUMS


Contributing Factors

IFR PROCEDURE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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