Tuesday, March 05, 2019

CommutAir d.b.a. United Express, Embraer ERJ-145, N14171: Accident occurred March 04, 2019 at Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle (KPQI), Maine

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Presque Isle, ME
Accident Number: DCA19FA089
Date & Time: 03/04/2019, 1143 EST
Registration: N14171
Aircraft: Embraer EMB145
Injuries: 3 Minor, 28 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air Carrier - Scheduled 

On March 4, 2019, at 1143 eastern standard time, CommutAir flight 4933, an Embraer EMB-145XR, N14171, d.b.a. United Express, landed between runway 1 and taxiway A in light to moderate snow at Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle (KPQI), Presque Isle, Maine. This was the second approach to runway 1 after having conducted a missed approach during the first approach. Radar track data show that the airplane was aligned right of runway 1 during both approaches. Of the 31 passengers and crew onboard, two passengers and 1 crewmember received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The flight was operating under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 as a regularly scheduled domestic passenger from Newark International Airport (KEWR), Newark, New Jersey, to KPQI.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Embraer
Registration: N14171
Model/Series: EMB145 XR
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Commutair
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)
Operator Does Business As: United Express
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Newark, NJ (KEWR)
Destination: Presque Isle, ME (KPQI)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor, 26 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor, 28 None
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Rick and Cassie Daigle, owners of Too Far North Fitness in Fort Kent, were on this United flight that ended up off the runway at the airport in Presque Isle on Monday morning. Cassie Daigle took this photo inside the plane shortly after it stopped. Rick Daigle said the scene inside the airplane as it landed was one of chaos with people screaming and seat parts popping off. 

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WABI) A United Express flight had a rough landing at Presque Isle's airport Monday leaving a pilot and four passengers with minor injuries, that according to city officials.

The plane left Newark, New Jersey and landed in Presque Isle around 11:30 Monday morning.

The plane touched down then slid off the runway.

A local official said it was the pilot's second attempt at a landing.

There were 28 passengers and three crew members on board.

There is visible damage to the aircraft.

Part of the landing gear was torn away, and the nose cone was damaged.

The plane will remain in place until the FAA arrives to assess the situation.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wabi.tv

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A United Airlines flight from Newark to Presque Isle landed roughly on its second approach and then slid off the runway Monday as passengers screamed and some seat parts popped off, according to one occupant.

Of the 28 passengers and 4 crew members on board, four passengers and the pilot were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, said Kim Smith, Presque Isle public information officer.  

Presque Isle International Airport will be closed until further notice as representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration investigate, Smith said.

The United flights for the Newark-Presque Isle service are operated by CommuteAir, which is partly owned by United. The service runs two outbound and inbound flights per day on weekdays and one outbound and one inbound flight per day on weekends.

The aircraft that arrived around 11:30 a.m. Monday also sustained unspecified damage and is remaining in place until investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration can assess the incident, Smith said.  

It is not clear what may have caused this to happen, Smith said.

The accident closed the airport Monday, and it is not known immediately when outgoing and incoming flights will resume, she said.

Rick and Cassie Daigle, owners of Too Far North Fitness in Fort Kent, were on the flight returning from Columbus, Ohio, where Cassie Daigle was competing in a kettlebell event at the Arnold Sports Expo.

Rick Daigle said from the airport via an interview using Facebook messenger that passengers realized there was a problem even before the plane hit the runway.

“Well, the first attempt they pulled up before landing … so obviously something was wrong,” he said. Contradicting the report that the plane landed on the runway and then skidded off, he said, that “the actual ‘landing,’ if you want to call it that, completely missed the runway. The first impact was hard and violent.”

Daigle said the plane then bounced four or five times before coming to a stop at a location far from the runway.

“The plane literally is nowhere near the actual runway,” he said, adding that snowplows had to remove snow so that emergency responders could get to the plane to help the injured passengers.

The scene inside the airplane as it landed was one of chaos with people screaming and seats coming apart, Daigle said.

“We smelled some burning, but nothing was on fire. We were just in shock.”

Daigle said his wife hit her head during the incident and once the couple returns to Fort Kent she plans to be evaluated at Northern Maine Medical Center as a precaution.

“We climbed out on a ladder with the help of local firefighters,” he said.

The Daigles were still at the airport as of 2 p.m. after having been interviewed by emergency medical technicians and a United representative, Daigle said.

The Daigles are parents to a 4 1 /2 year old son.

“Cass did say to me she will be OK when she sees Keegan,” Rick Daigle said.

“I do want answers though,” he said.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://thecounty.me


  1. Low bid contractor ... you get what you pay for. At least they were at the correct airport. So that was a positive.

  2. Can anyone confirm the following?

    There was no runway involved in the accident ... Never landed on the runway.

    Captain had been fired from another airline.

    Captain was "difficult" (I'm trying to be nice here) to fly with.


  3. Landing under that set of circumstances is a fools errand.

  4. I bet the Captain's story is, its the planes fault, or the airports fault? If he cant tell were the runway is what other skills is he lacking???? What a douche.

  5. I was suppose to start a four day trip with an individual that displayed this described behavior. Just before our initial push, I became ill.

    No one should have to work under those conditions. The industry is hurting for flight deck crew members. So if they can get through training, off to the line they go.

  6. ^^^ You nailed it. Sadly we will see more of this as the shortage continues ... Those that would have never gotten the interview will be in the drivers seat.

    I confess ... I called in sick years ago to avoid flying with one of our losers ... Going into MEX after midnight during thunderstorm season would have been a single pilot operation for me.

    I wonder how their CPP interview will go at U ...

  7. Was just released yesterday or day before that he completely missed the runway.

  8. For those who refer to the pilot as a man, I was a passenger in this plane, and the pilot was not a man.