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Tail numberN401AM
Accident dateOctober 31, 1994
Aircraft typeAtr ATR-72-212
LocationRoselawn, IN
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On Monday, October 31, 1994, about 1600 CST, an Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72, N401AM, operated by Simmons Airlines as American Eagle flight 4184, struck the ground after the flightcrew lost control of the airplane during an adverse roll event at 9,200 feet. The captain, first officer, two flight attendants and 64 passengers received fatal injuries and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed, both en-route and at the accident site; and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. Flight 4184 was being operated under 14 CFR Part 121 at the time of the accident.

American Eagle flight 4184 was scheduled passenger service between Indianapolis, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois. The flight had proceeded uneventfully until it arrived in the Chicago area, where the flightcrew was instructed to "hold" for sequencing into Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD). Flight 4184 had been holding for approximately 32 minutes at 10,000 when the crew received a clearance to descend to 8,000 feet. During the descent to 8,000 feet and in a right turn in the holding pattern, the airplane rolled to approximately 70 degrees right wing down. The flightcrew attempted to recover, however, the airplane rolled to the right a second time and continued to roll to an inverted position.

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