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NTSB determines cause of fatal BAe Jetstream crash in Kirksville
24 January 2006

The NTSB determined that the cause of a BAe Jetstream accident in Kirksville, Missouri was the pilots` failure to follow established procedures and properly conduct a nonprecision instrument approach at night in IMC. This included their descent below the MDA before required visual cues were available and their failure to adhere to the established division of duties between the flying and nonflying pilot. The NTSB determined that the pilots` failure to establish and maintain a professional demeanor during the flight and fatigue likely contributed to their degraded performance. The pilots` nonessential conversation below 10, 000 feet for instance, was contrary to established sterile cockpit regulations. (NTSB)