Event Details

Title:Controlled Flight into Terrain, Final Report No. 1874 by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau concerning the accident of the aircraft Beech Super King Air 300LW, D-ICBC on 14 February 2002 on the Piz Sarsura (20 km NE of Samedan aerodrome), Zernez m
Micro summary:On approach, this Beech Super King Air crashes into a glacier.
Event Time:2002-02-14 at 1620 UTC
File Name:2002-02-14-CH.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB)
Publishing Country:Switzerland
Report number:1874
Site of event:20 km NE of Samedan aerodrome
Departure:Poznan-Lawiza Airport, Poznan, Poland
Destination:Samedan Airport, St. Mortiz, Switzerland
Airplane Type(s):Beech Super King Air 300LW
Flight Phase:Approach
Type of flight:Ferry
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The Beech Super King Air 300W aircraft registration D-ICBC took off from Poznan-Lawiza (EPPO) in Poland with a two-man crew on a flight to Samedan (LSZS), in order to continue its flight the next day with one passenger.

The aircraft had taken off fully refuelled and reached the Italian airspace border in the planned air corridor M736 at flight level 250.

After the crew of D-ICBC had cancelled the IFR flight plan and then made radio contact with Samedan, the aircraft left flight level 170 for the final approach and turned onto the extended centreline of runway 21 in Samedan.

Thereby the aircraft collided with the elevated terrain of the Sarsura glacier at an elevation of 9640 ft AMSL. Both pilots were fatally injured. The aircraft was destroyed.

The accident is caused by the fact that the crew on its approach according to visual flight rules to Samedan aerodrome, under critical weather conditions and applying inappropriate flying tactics lost the situational awareness and theby the aircraft D-ICBC collided with the terrain.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Crew Resource Management
Operations - Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Consequence - Hull Loss
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