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Last updated: 23 September 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 23 January 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 300 Super King Air
Operator:KAAZ LLC
Registration: N385KA
C/n / msn: FA-42
First flight: 1985
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS), United States of America
Destination airport:Hermosillo-Gen Pesqueira Garcia Airport (HMO/MMHO), Mexico
A Beechcraft 300, N385KA, was destroyed when it impacted terrain during takeoff from Tucson International Airport (TUS), Arizona, USA. The pilot and the passenger were fatally injured.
A witness observed the airplane takeoff from runway 11L and rapidly pitch up in the initial climb. At an altitude between 100-150 feet above the runway, the airplane suddenly yawed to the left while maintaining a nose-up pitch attitude. The airplane then appeared to slow down such that he believed it was about to stall. The left wing dropped, and the airplane rolled left and continued as the nose dropped and the airplane struck the ground inverted.
Another witness described the airplane yawing from left to right while climbing. The airplane then rolled left and eventually became inverted, in a manner he described as similar to a barrel roll. The airplane then exited his field of view.
After impact, the airplane slid about 650 feet across the ramp on a 060-degree magnetic heading before it collided with an 8-feet tall concrete wall.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: WPR17FA057


METAR Weather report:
19:40 UTC / 12:40 local time:
KTUS 231940Z 24012G22KT 10SM OVC060 19/06 A2989 RMK AO2 ACFT MISHAP T01940061


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Distance from Tucson International Airport, AZ to Hermosillo-Gen Pesqueira Garcia Airport as the crow flies is 334 km (209 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from 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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