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Accident Report Detail

Controlled Flight into Terain Federal Aviation Administration Beech Super King Air 300/F, N82

Executive Summary

On October 26, 1993, about 1552, N82, a Beech Super King Air 300/F, owned by the Federal Aviation Administration and operated by the Atlantic City, New Jersey, Flight Inspection Area Office, was destroyed when it crashed into mountainous terrain near Front Royal, Virginia. The three flight crewmembers aboard received fatal injuries.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable causes of this accident were the failure of the pilot-in-command to ensure that the airplane remained in visual meteorological conditions over mountainous terrain, and the failure of Federal Aviation Administration executives and managers responsible for the FAA flying program to: (1) establish effective and accountable leadership and oversight of flying operations; (2) establish minimum mission and operational performance standards; (3) recognize and address performance-related problems among the organization's pilots; and ( 4) remove from flight operations duty pilots who were not performing to standards.

Accident Location: Front Royal , VA    
Accident Date: 10/26/1993
Accident ID: DCA94GA010

Date Adopted: 4/12/1994
NTSB Number: AAR-94-03
NTIS Number: PB94-910405