November 1996 - United
United Express / Great Lakes Flight 5925/5926, registration N87GL,
took off from Chicago at 15.25 with a delay of some 3 hours. After an
intermediate stop at Burlington, the Beechcraft 1900 took off again
for Quincy at 16.40 local time. As the Beechcraft was approaching Quincy,
two aircraft were ready for departure. Beechcraft King Air 65-A90 (N1127D)
and Piper Cherokee N7646J were taxiing to runway 04.
Since Quincy is an uncontrolled airport, all 3 aircraft used a common
traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). The United Express crew asked for
the first time whether the King Air was holding short or was going to
depart at 16.59:29h. The King Air crew didn't respond, so the King Air
was asked again if they were holding short, at 17.00:16. This time the
Cherokee pilot responded he was holding short of runway 04. Because
of the GPWS 200ft altitude warning in the Beech 1900 cockpit, just the
last part of the transmission, including the words "King Air"
were heard. Probably thinking the King Air was holding short, the United
Express crew continued their approach to runway 13. The King Air however,
had taxied onto the runway and had started it's take-off roll when the
Beech 1900 touched down.
A collision took place at the runway 04/13 intersection. Both aircraft
skidded for 110ft and came to rest along the east edge of runway 13
with the Beech 1900's right wing interlocked with the left wing of the
King Air. Both aircraft caught fire immediately. Three pilots witnessed
the accident and rushed to the scene. With the right side of the Beech
1900 on fire, they went to the right side and saw the captain with her
head and one arm out of the window, shouting "get the door open!".
Several attempts to open the door failed until the left wing buckled,
causing the nose wheel and cockpit to fall to the right. Attempts by
passengers to open the door from the inside had also failed.
the full NTSB report
Transcript of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)
CAPT sent a radio transmission on the common traffic advisory frequency,
stating the plane was about 30 miles north of the airport and would
be landing on runway 13. She asked for any other traffic in the area
to acknowledge their presence.
COP: "OK, cruise if you want. "
CAPT: "Look at that sunset man, that's gorgeous."
KING AIR: "Quincy traffic, King Air ... taxiing out uh, takeoff on runway
COP: "Sounds like a little kid."
CHEROKEE sent a radio transmission to say his plane was taxiing to runway
CAPT: "They're both using four"
COP said the airfield was in sight
"Okeydoky." She then asked the COP if they were still planning on using
"Yeah, unless it doesn't look good then we'll just do a downwind for
four. But, uh, right now plan one-three."
CAPT sent a radio transmission, saying the plane was 10 miles north
of the airport. Again, she requested that any other traffic in the area
advise them of their presence.
4:57:20 to 4:58:32
Standard checklist for landing performed
KING AIR: "Quincy traffic, King Air 1127D holding short of runway four
... [will] be takin' the runway for departure and heading uh, southeast
CAPT: "Does sound little doesn't she?"
CAPT: "She's takin' runway four right now?"
CAPT announced that her plane was about to turn a five-mile final for
runway 13 and asked if the King Air was going to hold on the runway
CAPT "Quincy traffic, Lakes Air 251's on short final for Runway 13,
the aircraft gonna hold in position on Runway 4 or yoy guys gonna take-off?"
CHEROKEE said he was holding on runway four.
[part of the transmission was interrupted by the GPWS 200ft altitude
alert in the United Express plane. The cockpit voice recorder caught
the last part of the transmission with words that included "King Air."]
CAPT: "OK, we'll, we'll get through your intersection in just a second
sir . . . we appreciate that. "
CAPT confirmed that the landing gear was down and 'finals are complete"
CAPT: "We kinda .... "
COP: "Kinda what?"
CAPT: "We kinda fudged, in there a little. "
CAPT: "Max reverse."
CAPT: "Oh (expletive). "
COP: "What, oooh (expletive)."
COP: "Oh (expletive) me."
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