Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Yakima Air Terminal Airport

Yakima, Washington 98903
Friday, December 12, 1997 22:30 PST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The flight was operating into the Yakima airport at night during the period the airport operates as non-towered. Some witnesses reported the aircraft initially appeared lower than normal and that it descended and impacted the ground at a steep angle, and some witnesses reported an abrupt entry into the descent. The aircraft crashed 2.2 nautical miles east of the runway threshold, slightly right of the localizer course The pilot was 'cleared for approach' by air traffic control (ATC) and he subsequently initiated an instrument landing system (ILS) approach to runway 27. The last radar position showed the aircraft approximately on the localizer, at glide slope intercept altitude, 9 nautical miles east of the airport. Three minutes after the last radar position, the pilot reported to ATC he had broken out and had the airport in sight, and canceled instrument flight rules (IFR). ATC then terminated service and approved a frequency change.. Ceiling was 1,500 feet overcast with 6 miles visibility in mist, with no significant icing forecast. No evidence of mechanical problems was found; however, much of the aircraft was consumed by an intense post-crash fire.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
A loss of aircraft control for undetermined reasons.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date12/12/1997 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event2230 
Event Time ZonePacific Standard Time 
Event CityYAKIMA  
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site98903  
Event Date Year1997 
Event Date Month12 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportYAKIMA AIR TERMINAL  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDYKM  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport90 
Airport Elevation1095 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation2156 Pacific Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDYKM  
Elevation of weather observation facility1095 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationPST 
Lighting ConditionsNight/Dark 
Lowest Ceiling Height1500 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsUnknown 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingOvercast 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles)
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-1 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Calm 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)1814 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateDec 12 1997 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time2300 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 8 2000 12:43PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN72VF 
NTSB NumberSEA98FA023  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedIFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
Aircraft FireGround 
Aircraft ExplosionGround 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameAero Commander  
Aircraft Model690A  
Aircraft Series Identifier690A  
Aircraft Serial Number11242  
Certified Max Gross Weight10300 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAAIP 
Date of Last InspectionApr 25 1997 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection92 
Airframe Hours7001 
ELT InstalledUnknown 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameYAKIMA THEATRES INC.  
Aircraft Owner Street Address230 S. 2ND ST.  
Aircraft Owner CityYAKIMA  
Aircraft Owner StateWA 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode98901  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeBFI  
Departure CitySEATTLE  
Departure StateWA 
Departure Country  
Departure Time2145 
Departure Time ZonePST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeYKM  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightApproach 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:34AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location27  
Runway Length7603 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--