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Runway Accident
(2008-06-10)
(wgvu) - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Federal investigators say pilot
error caused a regional jet to overrun the end of a runway during a
spring snowstorm last year in Traverse City.
The Pinnacle Airlines plane skidded 255 feet off the Cherry
Capital Airport runway during an attempted landing on April 12,
2007. None of the 52 people on board were hurt, but the aircraft
was substantially damaged.
In a report released Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety
Board said the pilots chose to land on the snowy runway without
performing the required landing distance calculations.
The report said fatigue probably influenced the pilots' poor
decision-making. It said the accident happened after midnight on a
day in which the pilots had flown more than eight hours, made five
landings and been on duty more than 14 hours.
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