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Accident description
Last updated: 27 March 2017
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
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near 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.
Shortly after takeoff from runway 17, the pilot radioed a mayday call. The aircraft subsequently banked left and impacted the DFO Essendon shopping centre.

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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).

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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