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Last updated: 25 September 2020
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 1 August 2018
Time:18:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic B350 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B300 King Air 350
Operator:Atlantic Transportation of Wilmington LLC
Registration: N557AP
C/n / msn: FL-879
First flight: 2013
Total airframe hrs:1256
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Wilmington-New Hanover County International Airport, NC (ILM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Rock Hill Airport, SC (RKH/KUZA), United States of America
Destination airport:Wilmington-New Hanover County International Airport, NC (ILM/KILM), United States of America
Narrative:
The pilot reported that, he began the initial approach at the destination airport, about 1,800 to 2,000 ft mean sea level, and the airplane encountered a "widespread circling group of what appeared to be turkey vultures". The right wing struck a bird, and the airplane landed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The airplane’s collision with a bird during approach."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 233 days (8 months)
Accident number: GAA18CA475
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Bird strike
Normal landing

Sources:
» Flightaware
» NTSB


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Distance from Rock Hill Airport, SC to Wilmington-New Hanover County International Airport, NC as the crow flies is 297 km (186 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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