Date & Time: Nov 4, 2010 at 1620 LT
Type of aircraft:
Beechcraft 90 King Air
Operator:
Registration:
F-BVTB
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Aix-les-Milles - Aix-les-Milles
MSN:
LJ-0579
YOM:
1973
Country:
France
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
9925
Captain / Total hours on type:
2100
Copilot / Total flying hours:
499
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1
Aircraft flight hours:
9716
Circumstances:
Aircraft departed Aix-les-Milles Airport at 1520LT for a local training flight. Crew was authorized to fly between 5,000 and 6,000 feet. Aircraft overflew successively Marseille and Toulon and then flew to the north to Le Castellet. While cruising at 6,000 feet at a speed of 110 knots, aircraft went out of control, dove into the ground with a rate of descent of 6,000 feet per minute and crashed in a near vertical position in a rocky zone located in the Sainte-Victoire mountains, near Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon, Bouches-du-Rhône. Aircraft disintegrated on impact and both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Loss of control during an exercise at low speed and certainly in a single engine configuration.
Contributory factors:
No reference methods to conduct the exercise, for instructors on this type of aircraft,
Exercise conducted in a height which insufficient margin and lower than the one recommended by the manufacturer,
Insufficient vigilance on part of the instructor (however with unanimous recognized skills) but whose instruction on Beechcraft King Air 90 could not be established.
Final Report:
F-BVTB.pdf1.16 MB