Probable Causes Determined in Two King Air Fatals

 - February 13, 2007, 3:56 AM

The NTSB recently concluded its investigations into two King Air fatal accidents, attributing the probable causes to the pilots. IMC was a factor in both accidents. On Jan. 31, 2004, the pilot and his teenage son were killed when their C90 broke up in flight and crashed into the Everglades about 10 minutes after departing Florida Keys Airport. The Safety Board determined the probable cause to be the pilot’s “inadequate in-flight planning/decision,” which resulted in an encounter with rain and turbulence, loss of aircraft control and overstress of the airframe. In the Dec. 4, 2003 crash of a B200, the NTSB held the pilot responsible for flying the aircraft below minimums while trying land at Newnan-Coweta County Airport, Morlan, Ga., in night IMC. The two men on board were killed. The Safety Board also noted, “There were no records to indicate the pilot had undergone a flight check in the aircraft.” The pilot’s most recent proficiency check was in a Cessna 210.