Factual Report: Loss-of-control accident kills five

 - September 15, 2006, 11:17 AM

Raytheon Beech King Air E90, New Roads, La., June 23, 2005–The 4,000-hour pilot of King Air N62BL was attempting a go-around at False River Regional Airport, near New Roads, when he lost control and the airplane crashed. It was destroyed and the instrument-rated private pilot and all four passengers were killed. The pilot had filed an IFR flight plan for the flight from Jonesboro, Ark., to False River, and weather was VFR.

One witness saw the King Air flying over the highway approximately 2,000 feet south of the approach end of Runway 36, headed toward the airport. The “airplane was coming in very fast,” he told investigators. He “saw the airplane come up again, turning to the left.”

At about midfield, “real low,” the aircraft’s wings were “straight up and down.” The airplane subsequently “fell straight into the ground and exploded on impact.” A second witness, an ATP-rated pilot, said the approach looked normal and both engines appeared to be running, while a third witness said he heard the “motor cutting out,” adding that the “airplane hit the runway and got back in the air.”