February 08, Beaver Island, Mich. / Swearingen 227


At about 19:20 eastern time, a Swearingen SA227-AT on a Part 135 air taxi flight crashed less than two miles from Beaver Island Airport. The pilot and front seat occupant were killed, two passengers were seriously injured and two passengers suffered minor injuries. The aircraft had been cleared for the NDB or GPS Runway 27 approach, which carries a minimum descent altitude of 1,240 feet for both the straight in and circling approaches. The wreckage appeared to show the aircraft had overflown the airport and was maneuvering for a landing. The crash site was southwest of the airport and the airplane was oriented as if it was turning from crosswind to left downwind for runway 27 at the time of impact.


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