ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 200 Super King Air VP-BBK Blackbushe Airport (BBS)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 23 December 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Operator:Videovision Broadcast Ltd.
Registration: VP-BBK
MSN: BB-1519
First flight: 1995
Total airframe hrs:1243
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,8 km (1.1 mls) NE of Blackbushe Airport (BBS) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA), Spain
The aircraft, with the pilot and four passengers on board, departed Blackbushe from runway 08 in fog with a visibility of less than 500 metres. As the aircraft reached the upwind end of the runway it was seen to bank to the left before disappearing from view. It crashed 13 seconds later into a factory complex where a major fire ensued. All on board were fatally injured. A substantial amount of the aircraft structure was consumed by fire.
Engineering examination of that which remained showed that there was no malfunction found within the engines, propellers or controls that would have affected the flight. Analysis of the cockpit voice recorder however showed a reduction in one of the propellers rpm as the aircraft rotated that would have led to thrust asymmetry. Through a combination of lack of visual reference, confusion as to the cause of the power reduction and possible disorientation the pilot lost control of the aircraft and although he may have realised the situation seconds before impact with the ground there was insufficient height available to effect a safe recovery.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AAIB (U.K.)
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Accident number: EW/C2000/12/7
Download report: Final report

Loss of control


photo of Beechcraft-200-Super-King-Air-VR-BBK
accident date: 23-12-2000
type: Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
registration: VR-BBK

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Blackbushe Airport to Palma de Mallorca Airport as the crow flies is 1328 km (830 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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