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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 16 June 1992
Time:14:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Operator:Omega Air Inc
Registration: N32HG
C/n / msn: BB-146
First flight: 1976
Total airframe hrs:6718
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wilmington Airport, DE (ILG) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Baltimore-Glenn L. Martin Airport, MD (MTN/KMTN), United States of America
Destination airport:Wilmington Airport, DE (ILG/KILG), United States of America
Narrative:
Witnesses observed the airplane on a 'normal' final approach to runway 19 at Wilmington Airport, then saw it drop 'low and slow, retract the gear and roll to the left into the trees.' Examination of the engines revealed that the left engine failed because of a fatigue failure of a compressor turbine blade. Examination of the right engine revealed no evidence of malfunction that would have prevented the use of full power. The aircrew was experienced and well trained. The radar data confirmed a drop in airspeed just before the airplane contacted the trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's improper execution of an emergency procedure, after an engine failure, which resulted in a loss of airspeed and subsequent stall at an altitude too low for recovery. A factor related to the accident was the fatigue failure of a compressor turbine blade and the subsequent engine failure."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: NYC92FA118
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
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Distance from Baltimore-Glenn L. Martin Airport, MD to Wilmington Airport, DE as the crow flies is 79 km (49 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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