Last updated: 25 April 2017
Narrative:A Beechcraft B200GT King Air turboprop was destroyed in an accident shortly after takeoff from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, LA (BTR). The pilot was killed.
The pilot had sold his previous Beechcraft B200 King Air on the day of the accident and he had bought a B200GT, which had a different avionics suite than he was used to. He flew from Georgetown, Texas to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and dropped off two passengers there. The pilot elected to continue to McComb.
The airplane departed runway 31 at Baton Rouge. Just after takeoff, the controller assigned the pilot a heading and altitude to McComb (MCB). The airplane turned northeast, on course, and reached an altitude of 1,200 feet. The radar track data then showed the airplane in a slow descent and slowing down; the airplane then disappeared from radar, prior to the accident site. The last radio transmission from the pilot was that he was going to crash.
The airplane came down in a residential area at Rue Jennifer in the Baker suburb of Baton Rouge. The first impact point was the roof of one home. The airplane then impacted a tree and shed located in the backyard of neighboring homes. The airplane came to rest in an upright position, in the corner of two houses. A postcrash fire consumed most of the airplane; fire, smoke/water also damaged the two homes.
Probable Cause:PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilotís failure to maintain adequate airspeed during departure, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and subsequent impact with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís lack of specific knowledge of the airplaneís avionics."
Loss of control
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Distance from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, LA to McComb-Pike County Airport, MS as the crow flies is 96 km (60 miles).