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Last updated: 23 April 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Friday 23 February 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B100 King Air
Operator:Island Express Air
Registration: C-GIAE
C/n / msn: BE-8
First flight: 1976
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Abbotsford Airport, BC (YXX) (   Canada)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Abbotsford Airport, BC (YXX/CYXX), Canada
Destination airport:San Bernardino International Airport, CA (SBD/KSBD), United States of America
The Beech B100 King Air aircraft operated by Island Express Air, was conducting flight 640 from Abbotsford, British Colombia, Canada to San Bernardino, California, USA with one pilot and 9 passengers on board.
Weather conditions at Abbotsford at the time of departure consisted of a temperature of -2°C in moderate to heavy snowfall with winds of approximately 10 knots. Prior to the departure, the fuel tanks were filled to capacity and the pilot and passengers boarded the aircraft inside the operator's heated hangar. The aircraft was towed outside of the hangar without being treated with anti-ice fluid, and taxied for the departure on runway 07. Due to an inbound arrival at Abbotsford, C-GIAE was delayed for departure. Once cleared for takeoff, the aircraft had been exposed to snow and freezing conditions for approximately 13 minutes. After becoming airborne, the aircraft experienced power and control issues shortly after the landing gear was retracted. The aircraft collided with terrain within the airport perimeter. Four passengers and the pilot sustained serious injuries as a result of the accident which destroyed the aircraft.

Loss of control

» TSB A18P0031
» UPDATE: At least two hospitalized after plane leaves runway at Abbotsford Airport (, 23 Feb. 2018)

METAR Weather report:
19:27 UTC / 11:27 local time:
CYXX 231927Z 08003KT 5/8SM R07/4000FT/D SN OVC007 M02/M03 A3036 RMK SN5SC3 /S02/ SLP285

20:00 UTC / 12:00 local time:
CYXX 232000Z VRB02KT 3/8SM R07/3000V4500FT/D SN BKN006 OVC013 M02/M03 A3034 RMK SN5SF2NS1 /S03/ SLP280

20:12 UTC / 12:12 local time:
CYXX 232012Z 00000KT 3/8SM R07/3000FT/N SN BKN006 OVC013 M02/M03 A3034 RMK SN5SF2NS1 SLP278

20:47 UTC / 12:47 local time:
CYXX 232047Z 19008KT 1/2SM R07/3000V4500FT/N SN BKN006 OVC017 M02/M03 A3031 RMK SN4SF2NS2 SLP267


photo of Beechcraft-B100-King-Air-C-GIAE
accident date: 23-02-2018
type: Beechcraft B100 King Air
registration: C-GIAE
photo of Beechcraft-B100-King-Air-C-GIAE
accident date: 23-02-2018
type: Beechcraft B100 King Air
registration: C-GIAE

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 Abbotsford Airport, BC to San Bernardino International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 1701 km (1063 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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