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Atlantic Coast Airlines Flight 6291

Atlantic Coast Airlines Flight 6291
An Atlantic Coast Airlines Jetstream 41 in United Express livery, sister to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date January 7, 1994
Summary Pilot error
Site Gahanna, Ohio
Passengers 5
Crew 3
Fatalities 5
Survivors 3
Aircraft type British Aerospace Jetstream 41
Operator Atlantic Coast Airlines
DBA United Express
Registration N304UE
Flight origin Washington Dulles International Airport
Destination Port Columbus International Airport

Atlantic Coast Airlines Flight 6291 was a regularly scheduled United Express flight from Washington D.C. to Columbus, Ohio.

On Friday, January 7, 1994, Flight 6291 stalled and crashed on approach to Port Columbus International Airport. The two pilots, flight attendant, and 2 passengers died in the crash. The surviving passengers were a Taiwanese family of three.


Flight 6291 left the gate at Dulles at 21:58 for the 90 minute flight to Columbus. The crew was Captain Derrick White, 35; First Officer Anthony Samuels, 29; and Flight Attendant Manuela Walker, 58. There were five passengers onboard.[1]

At 23:10, Columbus Approach Control was contacted. Captain White advised the controller that the flight was descending through 13,200 ft for 11,000 ft. The controller assigned a 285 degree heading to intercept the ILS for runway 28L and cleared Flight 6291 to 10,000 ft. An updated weather report was at 23:15, reading a measured ceiling 800 feet overcast, visibility 2.5 miles in light snow and fog with wind 300 deg. at 4 knots. A runway 28L ILS approach clearance was given when the flight passed the SUMIE final approach fix. A clearance to land on 28L was given two minutes later. `

The aircraft was descending through 1,250 ft when the stick shaker activated and sounded for 3 seconds. After 1.5 seconds the stick shaker sounded again. The aircraft continued to descend below the glide slope until it collided with a stand of trees in a high nose-up attitude. It come to rest upright in a commercial building, 1.2 miles short of the runway. After the impact, a fire started in or near the left engine, which spread to the rest of the aircraft. At least four of the passengers survived the crash. However, only three passengers escaped before the aircraft was fully engulfed in flames.[2]


The NTSB report was published on October 6, 1994. In the report the crew and Atlantic Coast were faulted for the crash. The pilots followed a poorly planned and executed approach, improperly responded to a stall warning, and lacked experience in a glass cockpit. Atlantic Coast failed to provide adequate stabilized approach criteria, suitable training simulators, and crew resource management training.[3]


  1. ^ "3 in Family Escape". Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fatal Crash blamed on pilot". Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "NTSB Report". Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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