February 2008 - Blue Sky Airways
On February 1, 2008, about 1128 eastern standard time, a Raytheon Aircraft
Company C90A, N57WR, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain
during a missed approach following an instrument approach to the Mount
Airy/Surry County Airport (MWK), Mount Airy, North Carolina. The certificated
commercial pilot, pilot rated passenger, and four passengers were fatally
injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument
flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed for the flight, which
departed Polk County Airport/Cornelius Moore Field (4A4), Cedartown,
Georgia. The personal flight was conducted under 14 Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) Part 91.
According to witness statements, rain, low ceilings, and fog were present
in the local area. The pilot was first heard to check in on the MWK
common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF), and announce final 36,
Mount Airy. The airplane was then observed to break out
of the clouds at approximately 500 feet above ground level (agl),
in close proximity to the airport, and then descend rapidly
for about 200 feet. It was then observed to side step to
the left of the runway, and fly parallel to it for its entire length.
The airplane then made a hard left turn at the end of the
runway and climbed into the fog. A few minutes later, it
came out of the bottom of the clouds in a nose down attitude, disappeared
behind trees east of the airport and the sound of impact was heard.
According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control
(ATC) voice and radar data, the airplane departed 4A4 at approximately
1024 and arrived in the vicinity of MWK approximately 50 minutes later.
After arrival in the local area, the pilot contacted Greensboro Approach
(GSO) and advised the controller that he was level at 4,000 feet above
mean sea level (msl) on a northeast-bound track toward MWK. The GSO
controller then instructed the pilot to maintain 4,000 feet msl until
crossing the EDLIF waypoint, fly the Global Positioning System (GPS)
approach to runway 36 at MWK, and switch to the CTAF for the airport.
Radar data obtained from the terminal radar approach control facility
at GSO contained recorded radar targets for the accident airplane from
1112 until 1128. During the GPS approach to runway 36, the airplane
was recorded tracking inbound to the airport. The last radar target
on final approach was recorded at 1125:40, at 2000 feet, approximately
1.25 nautical miles (nm) from the runway 36 threshold. No more radar
targets were recorded until 1127:49, when the target representing the
airplane reappeared on radar on a left base leg at 2300 feet. The target
continued to turn left to about a 020-degree heading, overfly the threshold
of runway 36 at 2300 feet, and continue on a 020-degree heading for
another 14 seconds. The last target was recorded to the east of the
airport, .6 nm south of the accident site, at 2,700 feet.
the Cockpit Voice Recorder transcript