Beech King Air 200, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Feb. 3, 2006 – The landing accident that killed all six people on board the King Air 200 was caused by the pilot’s failure to maintain control during approach for undetermined reasons, the NTSB said. Witnesses said the airplane made two approaches, and during the first it was “fish tailing.” The airplane appeared to stabilize, flew down the runway and started making a climbing left turn.
The ATP-rated pilot told the controller he was doing a go-around. The controller asked if sea fog was a problem, and the pilot said no, “his left engine kept power up a little too much and would not come back.” Witnesses said that on the second approach the airplane descended and, without any indication of trouble, “climbed and rolled left, went inverted and nosed down into the grass to the left of the runway and burst into flames.” No abnormalities were found in the systems, engine or propellers.
After engine overhaul in May 1997, the King Air’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41 left engine had a lot of work, mostly from C flange splits, and in 2003 the left-engine power cable was repaired.