Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 14 August 2009
Time:19:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 99
Operating for:Skydive Portugal
Leased from:Avioarte Serviços Aéreos
Registration: F-BTME
C/n / msn: U-79
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:22993
Cycles:17449
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bairro de Almeirim, Évora (   Portugal) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:Évora Airport (LPEV), Portugal
Destination airport:Évora Airport (LPEV), Portugal
Narrative:
A Beechcraft 99 turboprop aircraft, registered F-BTME, was destroyed when it crashed in a residential area of Évora, Portugal.
The airplane was used for parachute jumping flights. On the day of the accident the flights started at eleven o’clock in the morning. The duration of each flight was about 15/20 minutes. At 18.47 the aircraft took-off for the last flight, carrying 12 equipped parachutists. The intention was to climb to 13 000 feet (AMSL), where parachute jumping would be started.
When passing about 9500 feet the left engine (#1) flamed out and the respective propeller was automatically feathered. The pilot stopped the climb at around 10500 feet and informed the parachutists that one engine had stopped and they should jump while he would proceed for landing with one engine inoperative.
Eleven parachutists jumped, in sequence. One returned to the cockpit and remained on board with the pilot. The pilot started descending for landing on runway 01 at Évora aerodrome (LPEV). He contacted the tower on left base leg for runway 01, but said nothing about the inoperative engine or any assistance required. He was told to report on final, which he never did.
He continued the approach for runway 01, with landing gear down and flaps at initial setting (13°), but keeping high speed. The aircraft made a low pass, over the entire runway length, without the wheels touching the ground. After passing runway end it continued flying, the pilot increased power on right engine (#2) and the aircraft started deviating to the left, with wings level and without showing significant climb tendency. The airplane overflew a nearby residential quarter, with a significant bank, until it hit a roof and crashed on the street, upside down, being engulfed in flames immediately.

Investigation later revealed that the pilot was only qualified to fly single engine aircraft. Also, he had recently started a company, Avioarte Serviços Aéreos, after purchasing the aircraft in France. The company had no Air Operator Certificate (or Air Work Operator Certificate) and was not registered with Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority (INAC).


PRIMARY CAUSE:
Primary cause for this accident was pilot inability, as he was not qualified to fly this class of aircraft, to carry a single engine landing or maintain directional control during go-around with one engine inoperative.
CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS:
The following were considered as Contributory factors:
1. The pilot was not qualified to operate multi-engine aircrafts and had no knowledge and training to fly this kind of aircraft;
2. Unsuitable fuel monitoring and omission on manufacturer recommended procedures accomplishment;
3. Inadequate flying technique, without consideration to the airplane special flying characteristics;
4. Inadequate supervision, by the competent authorities, on flying activities carried by pilots and aircrafts with foreign licenses and registrations, inside Portuguese territory.

Events:

Sources:
» Évora: dois mortos confirmados em queda de avioneta (Diario Noticias, 15-8-2009)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Gabinete de Prevenção e Investigação de Acidentes com Aeronaves (GPIAA) - Portugal
report status: Preliminary
report number: 29/ACCID/2009
report released:03-SEP-2009
duration of investigation:20 days ()
download report: Preliminary report (Beech 99 at Evora, Portugal) (GPIAA 29/ACCID/2009)
cover

investigating agency: Gabinete de Prevenção e Investigação de Acidentes com Aeronaves (GPIAA) - Portugal
report status: Final
report number: NR. 29/ACCID/2009
report released:25-JUL-2011
duration of investigation:710 days (1 year 11.5 months)
download report: Final accident report Avioarte Serviços Aéreos, Lda Beechcraft 99 F-BTME Almeirim Residential Quarter Évora 14th of August, 2009 (GPIAA NR. 29/ACCID/2009)
cover

Photos

photo of Beechcraft 99 F-BTME
Add your photo of this accident or aircraft
 

Map
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 Évora Airport to Évora Airport as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).

languages: English Français Nederlands Deutsch Espanol

Share
Share