Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2011 Issue

March 16, 2011, Long Beach, Calif., Beech 200 King Air

The airplane was substantially damaged at 1029 Pacific time when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff. The commercial pilot and four passengers were fatally injured; a fifth passenger was seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed. Witnesses reported the airplane had reached approximately 200 feet when it “wobbled” side to side several times and then rolled to the left. Following terrain impact, a fire erupted.

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