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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 3 February 2006
Time:20:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Operator:Jon Kraut
Registration: N266EB
C/n / msn: BB-266
First flight: 1977
Total airframe hrs:8154
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand Airport, SC (CRE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Trenton-Mercer County Airport, NJ (TTN/KTTN), United States of America
Destination airport:Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand Airport, SC (CRE/KCRE), United States of America
Narrative:
A Beechcraft 200 Super King Air, N266EB, registered to Weekend Air Charter Services Inc., and operated by an individual as a personal flight, crashed while on final approach to runway 23, at the Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand Airport, SC (CRE). Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The airline transport-rated pilot, and five passengers received fatal injuries and the airplane was destroyed.
The multi-engine airplane rolled inverted and dove into the ground on a landing approach. According to witnesses, the airplane made two approaches to runway 23. During the first approach the airplane was observed, "fish tailing" while about 30 feet over the runway. The airplane appeared to regain control and continued flying over the runway until passing the air traffic control tower, at which time the airplane began a climbing left turn. The witnesses stated that they heard the pilot tell the air traffic controller that he was doing a go-around. The controller asked the pilot if he had problems with the sea fog. The pilot responded back to the controller "no that his left engine kept power up a little too much and would not come back." The witnesses observed the airplane circle the airport to the left, and watched it line up on runway 23 for the second time. The witnesses stated that as the airplane descended to the runway and without any indication of trouble, the airplane "climbed and rolled left, went inverted and nosed down into the grass to the left of the runway and burst into flames." Examination of the airplane, airplane systems, engines, and propellers found no abnormal pre-impact conditions that would have interfered with the normal operation of the airplane.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain control during landing approach for undetermined reasons."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: ATL06FA044
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Cause undetermined
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Trenton-Mercer County Airport, NJ to Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand Airport, SC as the crow flies is 793 km (495 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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