A Tri-Coastal Airlines Metro crashed in a “nose-down, near-vertical attitude” near Paris, Tenn., while on a cargo flight from Dayton, Ohio, to Harlingen, Texas, on February 8. The sole-occupant pilot was killed. According to the NTSB, the aircraft was at 16,000 feet when the pilot requested two 360-degree turns and reported he had an “asymmetric fuel condition.” After obtaining a vector to the nearest airport and being cleared to descend, the pilot transmitted “Mayday” six times, after which radar and radio contact with the aircraft was lost.
Pilot Lost Control before Fatal Crash
- September 21, 2006, 6:13 AM