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NTSB releases report on Afghanistan CASA 212 CFIT accident
4 December 2006

The NTSB concluded that the probable cause of the November 2004 CFIT accident involving a CASA 212 was: “The captain`s inappropriate decision to fly a nonstandard route and his failure to maintain adequate terrain clearance, which resulted in the inflight collision with mountainous terrain. Factors were the operator`s failure to require its flight crews to file and to fly a defined route of flight, the operator`s failure to ensure that the flight crews adhered to company policies and FAA and DoD Federal safety regulations, and the lack of in-country oversight by the FAA and the DoD of the operator. Contributing to the death of one of the passengers was the operator`s lack of flight-locating procedures and its failure to adequately mitigate the limited communications capability at remote sites.” (NTSB)