Date & Time: Aug 17, 2006 at 1551 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N620PA
Flight Type:
Ferry
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tuscaloosa-Grain Valley
MSN:
AC-533
YOM:
1982
Flight number:
PKW321
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1379
Captain / Total hours on type:
188
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1127
Copilot / Total hours on type:
165
Aircraft flight hours:
22504
Circumstances:
The airplane impacted a fence and terrain on short final during a visual approach to runway 27. The airplane was operated as a cargo
airplane with two flight crewmembers by a commercial operator certificated under 14 CFR Part 135. The flightcrew worked approximately
18.75 hours within a 24-hour period leading up to the accident performing flights listed by the operator as either 14 CFR Part 91 or 14
CFR Part 135, all of which were in the conduct of company business. Of this total, 5.9 hours involved flying conducted under 14 CFR Part 135. The flight to the accident airport was for the purposes of picking up repair parts for another company airplane that received minor
damage in which the flight crew was previously piloting in the 24-hour period. They were then going to fly back to the operator's home
base on the same day, which would have had an estimated flying time of 2:45 hours. The captain said he was tired and that he and the
first officer had not slept at any of the stops made during the period. The captain said that the company likes for the airplanes to
return to their home base. The captain said that the company prefers an option for pilots to stay overnight if tired and he has stayed
overnight on previous trips but only due to maintenance related reasons. The Aeronautical Information Manual states that acute fatigue
affects timing and perceptional field performance.
Probable cause:
The pilot not maintaining clearance from the fence. Contributing factors were the pilot's fatigue and the fence.