Preliminary Report: Cargo MU-2 crashed en route to Bangor

 - December 14, 2007, 6:10 AM

MITSUBISHI MU-2, PITTSFIELD, MASS., MARCH 25, 2004–At about 5:45 a.m., MU-2 N201UV crashed a half mile east of Pittsfield Airport (PSF). The sole-occupant pilot was killed and the aircraft destroyed. The Royal Air Freight cargo flight was en route from Hagerstown, Md., to Bangor, Me., and failed to establish contact with Boston Center. According to the Berkshire Eagle, the aircraft “lost altitude with its engines sputtering, went into a tailspin and crashed into a field.” Radar data showed that the turboprop made a rapid descent from 17,000 feet, and other witnesses reported the airplane was in a flat spin with “the engines running very loud” before crashing. Winds were variable at six knots and visibility was 10 miles. Royal Air is an on-demand cargo carrier based in Waterford, Mich., north of Detroit.