- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: January 01, 2009
Time: 04:37
Location: Lubock, Texas
Operator: Empire Airlines leased from FedEx
Flight #: 8284
Route: Fort Worth - Lubbock
AC Type: ATR-42-320
Registration: N902FX
cn / ln: 175
Aboard: 2   (passengers:0  crew:2)
Fatalities: 2   (passengers:0  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: Crashed while attempting to land. The probable cause of this accident was the flight crew's failure to monitor and maintain a minimum safe airspeed while executing an instrument approach in icing conditions, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall at low altitude. Contributing to the accident were 1) the flight crew's failure to follow published standard operating procedures in response to a flap anomaly, 2) the captain's decision to continue with the unstabilized approach, 3) the flight crew's poor crew resource management, and 4) fatigue due to the time of day in which the accident occurred and a cumulative sleep debt, which likely impaired the captain's performance.
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