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Last updated: 18 October 2017
Datum:Freitag 12 September 2003
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Fluggesellschaft:Willis Lease Finance Corporation
Kennzeichen: N600BV
Werknummer: BB-254
Baujahr: 1977
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 9
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 10 / Insassen: 10
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:ca 1,5 km N off Caniçal, Madeira Island (   Portugal)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Funchal Airport (FNC/LPFU), Portugal
Flug nach:Málaga Airport (AGP/LEMG), Spanien
A Beechcraft B200 Super King Air, N600BV, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from the Funchal Airport (FNC), Portugal. Al ten on board were killed.

Probable Cause:

The probable cause of the accident could not be established. Most likely, the airplane struck the water because of spatial disorientation on the part of the pilot.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: GPIAA Portugal
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 10 months
Accident number: 52/ACCID/2003
Download report: Final report


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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 Funchal Airport to Málaga Airport as the crow flies is 1197 km (748 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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