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Last updated: 24 September 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 21 February 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Operator:Corporate and Leisure Charters
Registration: VH-ZCR
C/n / msn: BB-1544
First flight: 1996
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,3 km (0.2 mls) SE of Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC (MEB) (   Australia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC (MEB/YMEN), Australia
Destination airport:King Island Airport, TAS (KNS/YKII), Australia
A Beechcraft B200 Super King Air, registered VH-ZCR, was destroyed after impacting terrain near Melbourne-Essendon Airport, Australia.
The weather was fine with a recorded wind speed of 5 kt (9 km/h) from the north-north-west and a temperature of 12 °C.
Witnesses familiar with the aircraft type reported that the take-off roll along runway 17 was longer than normal. After becoming airborne, the aircraft was observed to yaw left. The aircraft performed a shallow climbing left turn while maintaining a relatively level pitch and roll attitude. Airservices Australia Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated the aircraft reached a maximum height of approximately 160 ft above ground level while tracking in an arc to the left of the runway centreline. The aircraft collided with a building at the DFO Essendon retail area.
The aircraft subsequently collided with the roof of a building at the DFO Essendon retail are and associated concrete parapet before coming to rest in the building’s rear car park. Examination determined that, at impact the aircraft was configured with 10° of flap and that the landing gear was in the extended and locked position.
An engine examination found that the cores of both engines were rotating and that there was no evidence of pre-impact failure of either engine’s internal components. However, a number of engine components were retained by the ATSB for further examination and testing.
The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) was successfully downloaded however, no audio from the accident flight was recorded. All the recovered audio was from a previous flight on 3 January 2017.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: AO-2017-024

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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 Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC to King Island Airport, TAS as the crow flies is 254 km (159 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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