Wings Separated in Latest Two MU-2 Fatals

 - November 13, 2006, 8:32 AM

The NTSB reports that in the two most recent Mitsubishi MU-2 fatal accidents, the wings separated in flight. On August 26, the pilot and his wife were killed when their MU-2 crashed near Ormond Beach, Fla. N171MA was on an IFR flight plan from Bloomington, Ind., to Grand Harbor, Bahamas. According to the Safety Board, the pilot reported that he couldn’t hold altitude after he deviated to avoid thunderstorms. Both wings were found a half mile from the accident site. Last Friday, an MU-2 just leased from Tulsa, Okla.-based repair station Intercontinental Jet by Berg Steel Corp. while Intercontinental did work on its MU-2, crashed near DeFuniak Springs, Fla., after the left wing separated from the aircraft. The turboprop twin was descending to land at Panama City. The sole-occupant pilot was killed. The NTSB said preliminary investigation of this aircraft showed “an overload situation, no aging or fatigue involved.” There was lightning and thunder reported in the area.