Pilot Killed in MU-2 Crash at Hilton Head

 - November 27, 2007, 9:38 AM

A Mitsubishi MU-2 (N1VY, registered to Bankair) crashed August 1 at 7:51 a.m., about 10 min after taking off from Savannah (Ga.) International Airport on a 30-mi positioning flight to Hilton Head (S.C.) Island Airport. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft in a right wing down, nose-low attitude as it hit trees and came to rest on a golf course of the Palmetto Dunes Plantation. A post-crash fire destroyed the airplane. The sole occupant pilot was killed in the accident. An official with Bankair stated that the pilot had just flown the aircraft from Columbia, S.C., to Savannah under Part 135 as Bankair Flight 170 and had dropped off his cargo. The Bankair official further said the pilot was positioning the aircraft to Hilton Head to pick up additional cargo when the accident occurred.