Airplane Crash - Spokane, Washington 01/20/1981

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Spokane, Washington


Date01/20/1981
Time11:27
LocationSpokane, Washington
OperatorCascade Airways
Flight #201
RouteMoses Lake - Spokane
TypeBeechcraft 99A
RegistrationN390CA
Cn/InU-101
Aboard9
Fatalities7
Ground0
SummaryDuring an instrument approach, the aircraft descended below 3,500 ft. and impacted rising terrain became airborne, went over a hilltop and came to rest 1,380 ft. further on. A fire started in the area of the right engine and spread throughout the fuselage. A premature descent to minimum descent altitude based on the flightcrew's use of an incorrect distance measuring equipment frequency and the flightcrew's subsequent failure to remain at or above MDA.

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