Accident
Last updated: 24 July 2014
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 30 juin 1999
Heure:ca 04:41
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 99
Compagnie:Nightexpress
Immatriculation: D-IBEX
Numéro de série: U- 45
Année de Fabrication: 1968
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Seraing (   Belgique) show on map
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Aéroport de départ:London-Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW), Royaume Uni
Aéroport de destination:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Allemagne
Numéro de vol: 114
Détails:
Nightexpress Flight 114, a Beechcraft 99, departed Luton Airport at 01:25 UTC for a flight to Frankfurt. The aircraft carried 733kg cargo. Failure of both engines caused the pilot at 02:34 UTC to request radar guidance to the nearest airport. The crew were told to maintain a course of 60 degrees and was cleared to descend to FL060. The crew switched to ATC Brussels Approach and were cleared to descend further. Liège runway 23L was available for landing and Brussels Approach told the crew to maintain 4000 feet. The Beech 99 crew replied that this was not possible because both engines were not operating and they asked for a direct course to Liège. Brussels Approach directed the flight to head 320 degrees. Last radio contact was at 02:40:40 UTC when the crew reported descending through 1700 feet and asked their distance to the runway, which was 5nm. The aircraft crashed into the woods a few hundred meters from a residential area and caught fire.

The failure of both engines was caused by a lack of maintenance. The crew did not follow company regulations and a misunderstanding between the crew and ATC contributed to the accident, as did the darkness.

Sources:
» Dirk Leismann
» Jeroen Lapidaire (Verzekeringmaatschappij De Nederlandse Luchtvaartpool N.V.)
» Olivier Chalvet

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU) - Germany
report status: Final
report number: BFU 4X019-0/99
report released:01-FEB-2002
duration of investigation:947 days (2 years 7.2 months)
download report: Untersuchungsbericht 4X019-0/99 (BFU 4X019-0/99)
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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposé destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre London-Luton Airport et Frankfurt International Airport est de 652 km (407 miles).

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