Crash Reminiscent Of Charlotte US Airways Accident
NTSB investigators exploring the watery crash of a Beech 1900D
off the coast of Cape Cod (MA) earlier this week say it happened
with incredible speed. Paul Schlamm, spokesman for the National
Transportation Safety Board, said the aircraft was only seconds
into the flight, the aircraft nosed down at a 30 degree angle and
reached 250 kts before slamming into the water.
The Colgan Air flight was headed from Hyannis to Albany (NY)
when it both descended and accelerated. Both crew members on board
the flight, Capt. Scott Knabe, 39, and First Officer Steven Dean,
38, were killed. There were no passengers on board the flight.
Colgan Air is a contract carrier for Express.
The Associated Press reports two of the four NTSB investigators
probing Tuesday's crash are veterans of another disaster involving
some of the same players. Twenty-one people died when a Beech 1900D
which had just lifted off from Charlotte-Douglas veered sharply and
dove into the ground on January 8th.
"Because they're knowledgeable about the North Carolina
accident, they would be alert for anything that relates to the
two," Schlamm said.
Investigators say three key control elements were replaced on
the aircraft just the night before the Colgan Air flight went down.
Both trim actuators and the forward elevator trim cable were brand
new on the aircraft at the time of the crash.
In the fatal Charlotte crash, preliminary reports indicate an
incorrect cable adjustment caused extreme variations in pitch.
Further, initial reports in the Charlotte tragedy say the
maintenance manual issued by Beech's parent company, Raytheon
contained instructions on cable adjustments that were
In both cases, the Beech 1900Ds went down immediately upon
take-off. In both cases, control issues were apparent as the
aircraft broke ground. In both cases, the aircraft had just
The NTSB's preliminary report on the Cape Cod crash is due out
in about 10 days.