NTSB Identification: CHI06FA032.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 16, 2005 in Gaylord, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/2007
Aircraft: Aero Commander 500B, registration: N1153C
Injuries: 1 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.

The airplane was operated as an on-demand cargo flight that impacted trees and terrain about one mile from the destination airport during a non-precision approach. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The airplane was equipped with an "icing protection system" and a report by another airplane that flew the approach and landed without incident indicated that light rime icing was encountered during the approach. Radar data shows that the accident airplane flew the localizer course inbound and began a descent past the final approach fix. No mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation were noted with the airplane.

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

The clearance not maintained with terrain during a nonprecision approach. Contributing factors were the ceiling, visibility, night conditions, and trees.

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