May 2, 2011, Miami Gardens, Fla., Beech E18S


The airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain at about 0809 Eastern time, shortly after takeoff. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed for the non-scheduled Part 135 international cargo flight.

Witnesses reported the airplane did not sound like it was developing full power. The airplane impacted a tree, a fence and two vehicles before coming to rest in a residential area. A post-crash fire ensued. Examination of the propellers revealed that the left propeller exhibited evidence of chordwise scratching and S-bending, but the right propeller did not. The right engine exhibited low compression on four of its nine cylinders. Its main fuel pump would not rotate by hand and exhibited internal corrosion. Both magnetos contained moisture and their point gaps were in excess of the required tolerance.


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