Date: October 25, 2002
Time: 10:22
Location: Eveleth, Minnesota
Operator: Aviation Charter - Air Taxi
Flight #: -
Route: St. Paul - Eveleth
AC Type: Beechcraft King Air A100
Registration: N41BE
cn / ln: B-245
Aboard: 8   (passengers:6  crew:2)
Fatalities: 8   (passengers:6  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: The private charter flight crashed and burned in a wooded area 2 miles from Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport where it was scheduled to land. Weather was visibility 2 miles in freezing rain. Light snow and light fog. Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, 58, killed, along with his wife, daughter, three staff members and a crew of two. During the later stages of the approach, the flight crew failed to monitor the airplane's airspeed and allowed it to decrease to a dangerously low level and to remain below the recommended approach airspeed for about 50 seconds. The flight crew failed to recognize that a stall was imminent and allowed the airplane to enter a stall from which they did not recover. The inadequate airspeed or the full course deviation indicator needle deflection should have prompted the flight crew to execute a go-around; however, they failed to do so.

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