Preliminary Report: 3 killed in King Air accident

 - March 30, 2007, 1:14 PM

RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR B90, DODGE CITY, KAN., FEB. 17, 2004–All three crewmembers were killed when King Air N777KU crashed about seven miles west of Dodge City Regional Airport, Kan. The twin turboprop, operated by EagleMed, was returning to its home base at Dodge City from Wichita when it went down at about 3 a.m. Killed in the crash were the pilot, paramedic and nurse. There was no one else aboard.

An IFR flight plan had been filed, but the pilot canceled IFR at 12,000 feet about 35 miles east of Dodge City Airport and radioed that the airport was in sight. Weather conditions were clear. Recorded radar data indicates that the airplane flew past the airport in a constant descent. The last recorded radar data point was about 700 feet agl and seven miles west of the airport. At the wreckage site the landing gear and flaps were found in the retracted position.