BE 1900 Crash off of Mass.

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Commuter plane crashes off Massachusetts
Report: Aircraft carried only crew, no passengers
Tuesday, August 26, 2003 Posted: 4:46 PM EDT (2046 GMT)

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HYANNIS, Massachusetts (CNN) -- A commuter airplane crashed Tuesday into Nantucket Sound off southeastern Massachusetts, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, said the Coast Guard was informed by the air traffic control tower in Hyannis that the plane had only its crew of two aboard and no passengers.

The FAA said the aircraft was on a repositioning flight, moving the plane from one airport to another.

The fate of the crew was not known.

Debris was floating in the water at the crash scene, as many small boats and a Coast Guard helicopter searched the area.

The incident occurred at 3:38 p.m. EDT, FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.

The Colgan Air flight had just left Barnstable Municipal Airport for Albany, New York, when an emergency was declared, she said. Colgan Air operates as a US Airways Express carrier.

The plane attempted to return to Hyannis but crashed three miles south of the airport into Nantucket Sound, she said.

The Beech 1900 twin turboprop could hold the two crew members and up to 19 passengers.
 

PFactor

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The news says the pilots were able to declair an emergency and were turning around to return to the airport. poor guys
 

Johnathan

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Everyone Just pray....for the pilots for their friends and foremost for their familes

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Amen to that.
 

Joshua949

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Ain't it sort of odd that that is the second BE 1900 that operates for US Express & also crashed on the east coast...i'm not saying that it is terrorism..lord no...but it is sort of weird..

but still GOD BLESS everyone that was involved or affected by this crash..
 

chperplt

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<<Ain't it sort of odd that that is the second BE 1900 that operates for US Express & also crashed on the east coast...i'm not saying that it is terrorism..lord no...but it is sort of weird..>>


Since most if not all of US Air Beech 1900s operate on the east coast, I'd have to say No.. Not weird at all. Disturbing, yes....but weird...NO
 
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The pilots were great friends of mine. God bless both of them!!

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Sorry to hear that
. That is a terrible loss. The only thing to do now is pray for them and their families and of course their friends too.

God bless them.
 

chperplt

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Thanks... I've already had an entire bottle of Canafian wisky.. Good thing I live in Vegas and don't have to go far for more!!
 

John_Jones

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Unh, quite unfortunate...Feel bad, god bless both of the pilots and even though it was a great tragedy with even two pilots dying, atleast it wasnt loaded with 18 or so extra passengers.
 

Derg

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Quote from this press release:

"Scott Knabe, 39, was hired as a first officer at Colgan in 2001 and upgraded to captain in January of this year. He was based at Hyannis and had 2,886 hours of flying time, 1,358 of them in the Beech 1900. He earned an accounting degree from Ohio State, held an airframe and powerplant license and performed aerial surveys before joining Colgan.

Steven Dean, 38, was hired by Colgan in 2002. He also was based in Hyannis and had 2,500 total hours of flying time with 682 in the Beech 1900. Before joining Colgan he was a flight instructor on single-engine aircraft, a pilot for a Dallas company and a flight simulator instructor."
 

chperplt

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Both Scott and Steve were excellent pilots and great people. I had the priveledge of knowing them both for quite some time.

Please be safe out there.
 

JEP

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Latest Article says they swirved at the last minute to avoid a couple that was sailing in the water. One last heroic effort by the crew.
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Couple: Crashing plane veered at last moment
Search for aircraft's crew to resume in morning
Wednesday, August 27, 2003 Posted: 1:10 AM EDT (0510 GMT)



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HYANNIS, Massachusetts (CNN) -- A couple boating in Nantucket Sound on Tuesday afternoon told investigators that they believe the pilot of a crashing commuter plane must have steered the aircraft away from them at the last minute, a Massachusetts State Police trooper said.

The plane hit the water 75 yards from the couple and showered the area with debris, Trooper John Kotfila told CNN.

"The wife was, you know, very shaken up. The husband was shaken up," Kotfila said. "But they wanted to make sure we understood what they saw."

The two members of the Colgan Air flight crew are still missing and no bodies have been recovered, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The search for the crew was called off at dusk, just hours after the 3:38 p.m. EDT crash. Officials expect to resume the search Wednesday morning.

Colgan Air identified the crew members as Capt. Scott Knabe, 39, of Cincinnati and 1st Officer Steven Dean, 38, of Euless, Texas.

The witnesses were not hurt, Kotfila said.

They described the plane coming in at a 45-degree angle. At the last second, the couple said, the aircraft veered sharply to the left.

The crew members were the only two aboard the flight from Hyannis to Albany, New York, according to the FAA. The agency said the flight did not have passengers because it was flown only to move the plane or crew from one airport to another.

The plane was found in about 20 feet of water soon after the crash.

Knabe was hired as a first officer at Colgan in 2001 and upgraded to captain in January of this year. He was based at Hyannis and had 2,886 hours of flying time, half of them in the Beech 1900, Colgan Air said.

Knabe had an accounting degree from Ohio State, held an airframe and power plant license and performed aerial surveys before joining Colgan, the company said.

Dean was hired last year, the company said. He also was based in Hyannis and had 2,500 total hours of flying time with 682 in the Beech 1900.

Before joining Colgan, Dean was a flight instructor on single-engine aircraft, a pilot for a Dallas company, and a flight simulator instructor, the company said.

A vice president with Colgan Air, Mary Colgan-Finnigan, said the company was "anxiously awaiting" news about the crew. She said the airline has been operating since 1971 and has never had a fatal crash.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were on the scene, officials said.

The aircraft had just left Barnstable Municipal Airport on Cape Cod when an emergency was declared, Colgan-Finnigan said. Colgan Air operates as a US Airways Express carrier. It does not operate passenger flights from Hyannis to Albany, according to its Web site.

The plane was en route back to Hyannis but crashed three miles south of the airport into Nantucket Sound, FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.

The Beech 1900 twin turboprop could hold the two crew members and up to 19 passengers.

Another US Airways Beech 1900 was involved in a fatal crash shortly after takeoff in January. That crash happened after the flight, operated by Air Midwest, took off from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The plane crashed less than a minute after takeoff, killing all 21 people aboard. The NTSB has said preliminary evidence in the investigation points to improperly adjusted elevator cables as a cause of the crash.

Cape Cod is a popular vacation spot on the East Coast and boasts the summer homes of dozens of the rich and famous -- including the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port.
 

pavelump

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The plane crashed less than a minute after takeoff, killing all 21 people aboard. The NTSB has said preliminary evidence in the investigation points to improperly adjusted elevator cables as a cause of the crash.

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Isn't this exactly (or at least very similar) to what happend a few months ago in NC?

Dave
 
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