Event Details

Title:Uncontrolled collision with terrain, Flagship Airlines, Inc., dba American Eagle Flight 3379, BAe Jetstream 3201, N918AE, Morrisville, North Carolina, December 13, 1994
Micro summary:This Jetstream 3201 stalled short of the runway.
Event Time:1994-12-13 at 1834 EST
File Name:1994-12-13-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-95-07
Site of event:4 nm SW of runway 5L, Raleigh-Durham
Latitude/Longitude:N3550'5" W07852'1"
Departure:Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Destination:Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Morrisville, North Carolina, USA
Airplane Type(s):BAe Jetstream 3201
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):American Eagle (Flagship Airlines)
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:5
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:On December 13, 1994, at 1834, American Eagle (AMR) flight 3379 crashed about 4 nautical miles southwest of the runway 5L threshold during an instrument landing system approach to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Thirteen passengers and the two crewmembers were fatally injured, and the other five passengers survived. The airplane was destroyed by impact and fire. The weather at the time of the accident was ceiling 5CO feet, visibility 2 miles, light rain and fog, temperature 38' F. and dew point 36O F. This was a regularly scheduled passenger flight under 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Pan 135.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable causes of this accident were: 1) the captain's improper assumption that an engine had failed, and 2) the captain's subsequent failure to follow approved procedures for engine failure, single-engine approach and go-around, and stall recovery. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the failure of AMR Eagle FIagship management to identify, document, monitor, and remedy deficiencies in pilot performance and training.

Safety issues examined in this report include flightcrew decisions and training, air carrier organization, hiring and recordkeeping practices. Federal Aviation Administration surveillance of AMR Eagle Flagship, and the flight profile advisory system. Safety recommendations concemiiig these issues were made to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Crew Resource Management
Operations - Deadstick/Power Loss
Operations - Training Flight
Operations - Uncontrolled Flight into Terrain
Operations - Unstabilized Approach
Operations - Upset in-flight (extreme attitudes, stall, spin)
Systems - Engine - Engine Management
Other - Regulatory Oversight
Other - Workplace Culture or Management
Consequence - Hull Loss
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