The Portuguese government is investigating the September 12 fatal accident of a 1977 King Air 200 in which the British pilot and all eight Spanish passengers were killed. The twin turboprop crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off on a planned commercial flight from Portugal’s Madeira Islands. The airplane, N600BV, was registered to Willis Lease Finance in Sausalito, Calif.
SATA Air Acores, the carrier that provides interisland transport in the Azores, has leased a third ATP twin-turboprop from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to boost its fleet to five. Also, on June 15 the airline celebrated its 60th anniversary of scheduled operations.