Factual Report: TBM crashes on missed approach

 - November 30, 2007, 12:09 PM

Socata TBM 700, Dartmouth, Mass., Feb. 2, 2007–The TBM crashed on a missed approach to New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) in night IMC, killing all three occupants. The commercial pilot had initially filed a flight plan for BED (Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass.), not EWB, and when he changed the flight plan to EWB he failed to obtain a weather briefing for that airport.

When the airplane was on approach, EWB tower told the pilot that two aircraft had landed about 10 to 15 minutes earlier and “broke out” at about 300 feet. Radar showed the TBM approximately one mile from the Runway 5 threshold at EWB. At 300 feet and 15 seconds later, it indicated a left climbing turn to 1,000 feet, at a groundspeed of 140 knots. One of the pilots reported missed approach and the radar target was lost.