Loss of control Accident Beechcraft A90 King Air N256TA , 21 Jun 2019
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226410
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Time:18:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE9L model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft A90 King Air
Owner/operator:Oahu Parachute Center/N80896 LLC
Registration: N256TA
MSN: LJ-256
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Dillingham Airfield (HDH/PHDH), Mokuleia, Oahu, HI -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Oahu-Dillingham Airfield, HI (HDH/PHDH)
Destination airport:Oahu-Dillingham Airfield, HI (HDH/PHDH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Beechcraft A90 King Air, registered N256TA, was destroyed after impacting the terrain shortly after take off in Mokuleia on the north shore of the island of Oahu near Dillingham Airfield (PHDH), Mokuleia, Oahu, Hawaii. The airplane was partially consumed by the post-impact fire and the eleven occupants onboard were fatally injured.
On June 21, 2019, at 1822 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a Beech 65-A90, N256TA, collided with terrain after takeoff from Dillingham Airfield (HDH), Mokuleia, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and ten passengers sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was owned by N80896 LLC, and was being operated by Oahu Parachute Center (OPC) under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local sky-diving flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. According to the owner of OPC, the accident flight was the fourth of five parachute jump flights scheduled for that day. Two flights took place between 0900 and 0930 and the third departed about 1730 on the first of what OPC called, "sunset" flights. The occupants on the accident flight included the pilot, three tandem parachute instructors and their three customers, and two camera operators; two solo jumpers decided to join the accident flight at the last minute. The passengers were loaded onto the airplane while it was on the taxiway next to the OPC facility on the southeast side of the airport. A parachute instructor at OPC observed the boarding process and watched as the airplane taxied west to the departure end of runway 8. He could hear the engines during the initial ground roll and stated that the sound was normal, consistent with the engines operating at high power. When the airplane came into his view as it headed toward him, it was at an altitude of between 150 and 200 ft above ground level and appeared to be turning. He could see its belly, with the top of the cabin facing the ocean to the north. The airplane then struck the ground in a nose-down attitude, and a fireball erupted. The final second of the accident sequence was captured in the top left frame of a surveillance video camera located at the southeast corner of the airport. Preliminary review of the video data revealed that just before impact the airplane was in an inverted 45° nose-down attitude. Runway 8/26 at Dillingham Airfield is a 9,007-ft-long by 75-ft-wide asphalt runway, with displaced thresholds of 1,993 ft and 1,995 ft, respectively. A parachute landing area was located beyond the departure end of runway 8, and the standard takeoff procedure required a left turn over the adjacent beach to avoid that landing zone. The displaced threshold areas had been designated for sailplane and towplane use, with powered aircraft advised to maintain close base leg turns to assure separation.
The airplane came to rest inverted on a heading of about 011° magnetic, 500 ft north of the runway centerline, and 5,550 ft beyond the runway 8 numbers, where the takeoff roll began. The debris field was confined to a 75-ft-wide area just inside the airport perimeter fence. The cabin, tail section, and inboard wings were largely consumed by fire, and both wings outboard of the engine nacelle sustained leading edge crush damage and thermal exposure. Both engines came to rest in the center of the debris field, and fragments of the vertical and both horizontal stabilizers were located within the surrounding area.

Probable Cause
​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot’s aggressive takeoff maneuver, which resulted in an accelerated stall and subsequent loss of control at an altitude that was too low for recovery. Contributing to the accident were (1) the operation of the airplane near its aft center of gravity limit and the pilot’s lack of training and experience with the handling qualities of the airplane in this flight regime; (2) the failure of Oahu Parachute Center and its contract mechanic to maintain the airplane in an airworthy condition and to detect and repair the airplane’s twisted left wing, which reduced the airplane’s stall margin; and (3) the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) insufficient regulatory framework for overseeing parachute jump operations. Contributing to the pilot’s training deficiencies was the FAA’s lack of awareness that the pilot’s flight instructor was providing substandard training.


Previous accident involving N256TA

Last ASN occurence in 2016: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/207205

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

23 Jul 2016 N256TA Private 0 Byron, CA sub
Loss of control.



Revision history:

22-Jun-2019 05:16 Geno Added
22-Jun-2019 05:20 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 05:54 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 06:20 Captain Adam Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 06:28 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source]
22-Jun-2019 06:30 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 06:35 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Jun-2019 06:36 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
22-Jun-2019 06:40 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
22-Jun-2019 06:41 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
22-Jun-2019 06:48 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Source]
22-Jun-2019 09:46 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code]
22-Jun-2019 10:31 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
22-Jun-2019 10:53 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
22-Jun-2019 13:43 wing808 Updated [Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 13:45 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
22-Jun-2019 13:46 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Jun-2019 13:56 Geno Updated [Source]
22-Jun-2019 15:56 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
22-Jun-2019 15:57 Anon. Updated [Embed code]
22-Jun-2019 21:38 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 23:02 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
23-Jun-2019 12:43 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Jun-2019 19:02 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
09-Jul-2019 23:53 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-Jan-2021 20:03 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-Jan-2021 20:21 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
13-Apr-2021 17:18 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]
17-Nov-2022 08:17 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Source]

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