Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2001 Issue

June 13, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Beech King Air

At about 21:22 eastern time, a Venezuelan Beech C-90 crashed while on final approach to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. One passenger was killed and the pilot and another passenger were seriously injured. The flight had originated in Caracas more than six hours earlier. When Miami Approach handed the flight off to the FLL Tower controller five minutes earlier, the flight was No. 1 for landing. The flight was cleared to land two minutes before the accident. One minute before the accident, the pilot transmitted “I need the field, I have difficulties here … small problem with engine.” At that point the aircraft was about 500 feet agl and 3/4 –mile from the landing threshold. Th...

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