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NTSB Identification: NYC00FA064
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Accident occurred Monday, January 10, 2000 in COATESVILLE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/19/2001
Aircraft: Aerostar 601P, registration: N905DK
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.

While operating in IMC, the pilot was vectored to the final approach course for an ILS approach. Weather at the airport was ceiling 200 feet and visibility 3/4 mile in mist. The pilot was cleared for the approach, which he acknowledged. No other transmissions were received from the accident airplane. Radar data showed the airplane intercept the final approach course, then track inbound. The airplane crossed the outer marker 420 feet below the glide slope. The last radar return showed the airplane at 440 feet agl, 3.9 miles from the runway. The airplane impacted the ground at a shallow angle about 1 mile north of the airport on the opposite side of the missed approach procedure. The elevation of the accident site was approximately 40 feet lower than the airport. The pilot had about 350 hours of total flight experience. No pre-impact failures were identified with the airframe, engines, flight controls, or flight instruments.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's failure to follow the published instrument approach procedure, and his failure to establish a climb after passing the missed approach point.