Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Kassel: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 16, 1981
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-ILSU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
LC-110
YOM:
1961
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Kassel-Calden Airport, an engine failed and the pilot declared an emergency. He was cleared to return when he lost control of the airplane that crashed near the airport. All three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air near Sula: 3 killed

Date & Time: Oct 17, 1980 at 1425 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N35CS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Yuba City – Challis – Missoula
MSN:
LC-141
YOM:
1962
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
2600
Captain / Total hours on type:
31.00
Circumstances:
While cruising at low altitude in poor weather conditions over a mountainous area, the twin engine airplane struck the slope of a mountain near Sula, Montana. The aircraft was destroyed by a post impact fire and all three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees in normal cruise after the pilot continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Low ceiling,
- Fog,
- Snow,
- Witnesses reported low altitude flight through pass in mountainous terrain.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Mission

Date & Time: Sep 13, 1980 at 2200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N817G
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
LC-31
YOM:
1960
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot was completing a drug smuggling flight and elected to land by night and a farm road located in Mission, Texas, when the airplane struck a van and crashed. It was later deliberately set on fire and the pilot was not found.
Probable cause:
Collision with van upon landing on a farm road after the pilot selected an unsuitable terrain. The following contributing factors were reported:
- The pilot exercised poor judgement,
- Evidence of marijuana on board,
- Injury index presumed.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Clearwater: 6 killed

Date & Time: Sep 12, 1980 at 0955 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N625GP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Miami-Opa Locka – Saint Petersburg
MSN:
LC-210
YOM:
1966
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
2479
Captain / Total hours on type:
0.00
Circumstances:
On approach to St Petersburg-Clearwater Airport, while in traffic pattern, the pilot lost control of the airplane that stalled, entered a spin and crashed. All six occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Stall after the pilot failed to maintain flying speed. His lack of familiarity with aircraft was considered as a contributing factor. He totalized zero hours on type.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Kennesaw

Date & Time: Jul 2, 1980 at 0839 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N22PC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kennesaw – Atlanta – Fort Lauderdale
MSN:
LC-69
YOM:
1961
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
803
Captain / Total hours on type:
20.00
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Kennesaw-McCollum Airport, the pilot encountered technical problems and elected to return. On final approach, he decided to initiate a go-around when the airplane stalled, crashed and burst into flames. The pilot was seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Engine malfunction during climb to cruise and subsequent stall and crash on go-around due to improper operation of powerplant and powerplant controls on part of the pilot. The following contributing factors were reported :
- Detonation in powerplant,
- Cooling system: cowling, deteriorated,
- The pilot failed to maintain flying speed,
- Inadequate preflight preparation,
- Lack of familiarity with aircraft,
- Complete engine failure of the right engine,
- Right side of right engine cowling seals destroyed,
- Battery not installed in aircraft.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Fort Pierce: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 29, 1980 at 2217 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N156F
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
LC-200
YOM:
1966
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
656
Circumstances:
While cruising by night over Florida, the pilot contacted ATC and reported a loss of engine power. He was cleared to divert to Fort Pierce-St Lucie County Airport. On final approach, the airplane stalled, entered a dive and crashed few miles from the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and all four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure, stall on final approach and subsequent crash caused by an inadequate preflight preparation on part of the pilot. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Mismanagement of fuel on part of the pilot,
- The pilot was inattentive to fuel supply,
- Fuel exhaustion,
- The pilot failed to maintain flying speed,
- Partial loss of power on both engines.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Lexington: 7 killed

Date & Time: Dec 16, 1979 at 1802 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N154F
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lexington - Atlanta
MSN:
LC-214
YOM:
1966
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Captain / Total flying hours:
5300
Captain / Total hours on type:
176.00
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Lexington-Blue Grass Airport in poor weather conditions with negative OAT and icing conditions. While climbing, one of the engine failed after the induction system iced. Control was lost and the airplane crashed in flames in a field. All seven occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Uncontrolled collision with ground during climb to cruise after the pilot initiated flight in adverse weather conditions. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Improper operation of powerplant and powerplant controls on part of the pilot,
- Anti-icing/deicing equipment not used or incorrectly used by the pilot,
- Ice induction,
- The pilot attempted operation with known deficiencies in equipment,
- Airframe ice,
- Weather conditions conducive to carburetor/induction system icing,
- Icing conditions, including sleet, freezing rain,
- Complete failure one engine,
- De-icing equipment not installed on wings and empennage,
- Owner's man stated-apply full alt air before icing conditions.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air near Preston: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 13, 1979 at 2000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N111WP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
LC-132
YOM:
1962
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
333
Circumstances:
While in normal cruise, one of the engine failed due to low compression. The pilot reduced his altitude and attempted an emergency landing when the airplane crashed near Preston. The pilot, sole on board, was killed. A load of marijuana and drugs was found on board the aircraft that was stolen.
Probable cause:
Engine failure for undetermined reasons. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Inadequate maintenance and inspection on part of the maintenance personnel,
- Low compression,
- Stolen aircraft,
- Illegal flight,
- Forced landing off airport on land,
- Complete engine failure.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Boca Raton: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 27, 1979 at 1620 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N72DR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Fort Lauderdale
MSN:
LC-6
YOM:
1960
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
162
Circumstances:
On final approach to Boca Raton Airport, the pilot decided to initiate a go-around when the twin engine airplane struck power cables and crashed in flames short of runway. All three passengers were injured, two of them seriously, while the pilot was killed.
Probable cause:
Collision with power cables during a go-around procedure after the pilot failed to follow approved procedures. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Evasive maneuver to avoid collision,
- Witnesses stated that the aircraft appeared overtaking another aircraft on final,
- No communication established,
- Gear down during go-around.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Arcadia: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 19, 1979 at 0423 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N70GC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
LC-237
YOM:
1966
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
3400
Circumstances:
While in traffic pattern by night, the twin engine airplane stalled and crashed in flames. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Stall following engine failure for unknown reasons. The following findings were reported:
- Powerplant failure for undetermined reasons,
- Complete failure two engines,
- Forced landing off airport on land,
- Fire after impact,
- Marijuana stakeout.
Final Report: