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
Site:
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:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air off The Bahamas: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 26, 1978
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N809Q
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
LC-30
YOM:
1960
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Port-au-Prince on a flight to The Bahamas but failed to arrive as it crashed under unknown circumstances into the sea off The Bahamas. No trace of the aircraft nor both occupants was found.
Probable cause:
Due to lack of evidences, the cause of the accident could not be determined.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air near Zamora

Date & Time: Apr 24, 1978 at 0930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N640PH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
LC-58
YOM:
1961
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane suffered an in-flight fire for unknown reasons. The pilot attempted an emergency landing near Zamora. The aircraft crash landed and struck a fence. All three occupants were injured, both passengers seriously.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft A65-8200 Queen Air near Angmagssalik: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 17, 1978 at 2215 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N8431N
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Washington D.C. – Sondreströmfjord – Reykjavik – Liverpool
MSN:
LC-307
YOM:
1969
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a ferry flight from Washington DC to Liverpool, UK, with intermediate stops in Sondreströmfjord and Reykjavik. On the leg between Greenland and Iceland, the crew encountered icing conditions and declared an emergency after the right engine failed. He was vectored to Kulusuk Airport which is a VFR Airfield located on the southeast coast of Greenland, near the city of Angmagssalik (Tasiilaq) and open to traffic by day only. An hour later, the crew started the descent but due to a limited visibility caused by night and clouds, he was unable to locate the runway and initiated a go-around. About 45 minutes later, while descending to an altitude of 1,700 feet, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located near Angmagssalik. The airplane was destroyed upon impact and both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain while attempting an approach below weather minimums. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was descending to an altitude of 1,700 feet while the minimum safe altitude for that area was 3,500 feet.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Williamstown: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 24, 1974 at 1452 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N9535Q
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Venice – Columbia – Wheeling
MSN:
LC-226
YOM:
1966
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
2300
Captain / Total hours on type:
17.00
Circumstances:
While descending to Williamstown, the pilot encountered poor weather conditions with low ceiling, snow falls and icing conditions. At an altitude of 8,000 feet, the left engine failed and the pilot continued the approach on one engine until he was forced to initiate a go-around manoeuvre. While in traffic pattern-circling, the airplane went out of control, stalled and crashed few miles from the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and all four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure on approach. The following factors were reported:
- Improper operation of powerplant,
- Improper operation or failed to use anti-icing/deicing equipment,
- Ice carburetor,
- Improper in-flight decisions,
- Failed to maintain flying speed,
- Conditions conducive to carburetor/induction system icing,
- Low ceiling and snow,
- Lack of familiarity with aircraft,
- Reported ram ice at 8,000 feet.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Jacksonville: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jan 10, 1974 at 1658 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N671T
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jacksonville – Freeport
MSN:
LC-1
YOM:
1960
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
877
Captain / Total hours on type:
30.00
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Jacksonville-Intl Airport, while in initial climb, the right engine failed. The crew failed to feather the propeller and the airplane went out of control and crashed. A passenger was seriously injured while all five other occupants were killed. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces.
Probable cause:
Uncontrolled descent during initial climb following an engine failure. The following factors were reported:
- Inadequate inspection of aircraft,
- Failed to maintain flying speed,
- Failed to follow the approved procedures,
- Improper emergency procedures,
- Failure of the ignition system: spark plugs,
- Carbon deposit,
- Engine structure: blower and impeller assembly,
- Material failure,
- Inadequate preflight preparation,
- Improperly loaded aircraft and CofG,
- Complete failure of the right engine,
- Poor general maintenance,
- Plugs fouled,
- Propeller not feathered,
- Right engine incapable full power,
- Aircraft 798 lbs over gross weight,
- CofG 2.9 inches after rear limit.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Narsarsuaq

Date & Time: Jan 26, 1972
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N6PC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
LC-94
YOM:
1961
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While approaching Narsarsuaq on a flight from the US, the crew was forced to attempt an emergency landing for unknown reason. The aircraft crash landed and came to rest in a fjord located few km from the airport. Both occupants were rescued few hours later and were injured by negative temperatures. The aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Beechcraft A65 Queen Air off Buenos Aires: 10 killed

Date & Time: Oct 10, 1971
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
LV-JOC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Buenos Aires - Bahia Blanca - Trelew
MSN:
LC-331
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Buenos Aires-Aeroparque-Jorge Newbury Airport, while climbing by night at a height of 500 feet, one of the engine failed. The pilot lost control of the airplane that crashed into the Rio de la Plata, few km offshore. The aircraft sank and was destroyed and all 10 occupants were killed, among them several famous Argentinian ballet dancers, members of the Colón Theater.
Crew:
Orlando Galotine.
Passengers:
Norma Fontenla,
Jose Neglia,
Antonio Zambrana,
Carlos Santamarina,
Carlos Schiaffino,
Margarita Fernández,
Martha Raspanti,
Rubén Estanga,
Sara Bochkovsky.
Probable cause:
Engine failure during initial climb.

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Dublin

Date & Time: Jun 30, 1970 at 1215 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N447S
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dublin – Winston-Salem
MSN:
LC-8
YOM:
1960
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
10598
Captain / Total hours on type:
130.00
Circumstances:
When the pilot proceeded to the engine start-up at Dublin-New River Valley Airport, the left engine could not start for unknown reason. The pilot decided to takeoff with the right engine only. After liftoff, the airplane encountered difficulties to gain height, struck power cables and crashed in flames. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was seriously injured.
Probable cause:
The accident was the consequence of the combination of the following factors:
- The pilot exercised poor judgement,
- The pilot attempted operation with known deficiencies in equipment,
- The pilot failed to obtain flying speed,
- The pilot failed to maintain directional control,
- Un start left engine on ground,
- Takeoff with right engine only.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 65 Queen Air in Bethany: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 4, 1970 at 0039 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N988Q
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dallas - Bethany
MSN:
LC-124
YOM:
1962
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
10000
Captain / Total hours on type:
1374.00
Circumstances:
On final approach to Bethany Airport by night, the pilot completed a last turn to join the approach path when he lost control of the airplane that crashed in flames few miles from the airfield. A passenger was seriously injured while four other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Uncontrolled collision with ground during a traffic pattern-circling caused by a spatial disorientation on part of the pilot. The following factors were considered as contributing:
- Fog,
- IFR conditions,
- Disorientation while transitioning from VFR to IFR conditions while in a left turn at low altitude.
Final Report: