Date & Time: Nov 18, 1968 at 1745 LT
Type of aircraft:
Beechcraft 65 Queen Air
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
On final approach to runway 19 at Albany Airport, the crew encountered poor visibility due to low ceiling, rain and fog. On short final, the airplane was too low and crashed into the Mohawk River located about 1,2 mile short of runway threshold. Two passengers were killed while four other occupants were injured.
The accident was the result of an improper IFR operation on part of the flying crew who descended below the published approach minimums. Limited visibility due to low clouds, rain and fog was considered as a contributing factor.