Flugunfall 01 AUG 2018 einer Beechcraft B300 King Air 350 N557AP - Wilmington-New Hanover County International Airport, NC (ILM)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:Mittwoch 1 August 2018
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B350 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B300 King Air 350
Fluggesellschaft:Atlantic Transportation of Wilmington LLC
Kennzeichen: N557AP
Werknummer: FL-879
Baujahr: 2013
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:nahe Wilmington-New Hanover County International Airport, NC (ILM) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Rock Hill Airport, SC (RKH/KUZA), USA
Flug nach:Wilmington-New Hanover County International Airport, NC (ILM/KILM), USA
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:

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

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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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