Date: November 29, 2003
Time: 0801
Location: Spokane, Washington
Operator: Ameriflight
Flight #: 1996
Route: Seattle - Spokane
AC Type: Swearingen SA227AT Merlin IVC
Registration: N439AF
cn / ln: AT-439B
Aboard: 1   (passengers:0  crew:1)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:0  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The cargo plane struck trees one mile short of the runway. The pilot-in-command's failure to maintain proper glidepath alignment during an ILS approach in poor weather resulting in collision with trees and terrain. Contributing factors were the unreliable status of the primary (NAV 1) ILS receiver (leaving the pilot with only the secondary (NAV 2) ILS receiver), the low ceilings and trees.

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