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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 30 December 2015
Time:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Operator:Cobb Aviation Services
Registration: N999VB
C/n / msn: BB-645
First flight: 1980
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Gary Regional Airport, IN (GYY) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Springfield-Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, IL (SPI/KSPI), United States of America
Destination airport:Gary Regional Airport, IN (GYY/KGYY), United States of America
The Beechcraft 200 Super King Air, N999VB, had a hard landing at the Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY), near Gary, Indiana. The pilot and eight passengers were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the hard landing.
Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident, and the flight was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan.
According to preliminary information, the pilot indicated that the airplane encountered structural icing conditions while enroute to GYY. During the landing, the airplane landed hard.
Witnesses on the ramp at GYY observed that the airplane sustained a hard landing. One witness observed that fluid was leaking from the left side of the airplane near its wheels. Additionally, he noted that there was ice on the leading edge of both wings.




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Distance from Springfield-Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, IL to Gary Regional Airport, IN as the crow flies is 272 km (170 miles).

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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