Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Delta County Airport

Escanaba, Michigan 49829
Tuesady, February 15, 2000 18:25 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The captain reported that upon landing, '... the aircraft pulled to the right due to unknown reasons.' He also stated that, 'The aircraft departed the runway surface at which point a propeller blade impacted an unknown object that severed the blade from the hub and causing it to impact the fuselage.' A representative at the airport reported that snow plowing operations were being conducted at the time of the accident, when the driver of the snow plow heard the aircraft report on the Unicom frequency. At this time, the snow plowing operations were suspended. About 45 minutes elapsed before the aircraft touched down. The report also indicates that the runway had not been plowed to its full width and that the south side of the runway had not been plowed. The report also indicates that no radio communications were made with the flight crew regarding updated runway conditions. Airport condition reports from the day of the accident indicate that there was a snowbank approximately 24 inches high on the south side of the runway.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
the failure of the flightcrew to maintain directional control due to unsafe/hazardous conditions on the runway that was not relayed to them. Factors were the uneven snow covered runway and the snowbank.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date2/15/2000 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1825 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityESCANABA  
Event StateMICHIGAN 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site49829  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportDELTA COUNTY  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDESC  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport
Airport Elevation609 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1835 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDESC  
Elevation of weather observation facility609 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsDusk 
Lowest Ceiling Height100 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingOvercast 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 0.5 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)-4 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-5 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)40 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
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)241 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateFeb 16 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1523 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 9 2001 8:54AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsInstrument Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN81SK 
NTSB NumberCHI00FA071  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 121: Air Carrier 
Type of Flight Plan filedIFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBeech  
Aircraft Model1900D  
Aircraft Series Identifier1900D  
Aircraft Serial Number  
Certified Max Gross Weight17060 
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 aircraft21 
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionContinuous Airworthiness 
Date of Last InspectionFeb 11 2000 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection42 
Airframe Hours14422 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameASTRAL AVIATION, INC.  
Aircraft Owner Street Address1190 W. RAWSON AVE.  
Aircraft Owner CityOAK CREEK  
Aircraft Owner StateWI 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode53154  
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 certificateYes - certificate holder 
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 notScheduled 
Indicates Domestic or International FlightDomestic 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/MailPassenger Only 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Unknown 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeTVC  
Departure CityTRAVERSE CITY  
Departure StateMI 
Departure Country  
Departure Time1700 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeESC  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 9 2001 8:54AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location9  
Runway Length6501 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--