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Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 19 septembre 1999
Heure:11:15
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Compagnie:Compania Aerospace de Venezuela
Immatriculation: YV-385CP
Numéro de série: BB-740
Année de Fabrication: 1980
Heures de vol:1841
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Total:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:14,5 km (9.1 milles) SW de Bimini (   Bahamas)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Privé
Aéroport de départ:Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL/KFLL), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Vénézuela
Détails:
A Beechcraft 200 Super King Air, YV-385CP, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 9 miles southwest of Bimini, Bahamas, while on personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area at the time, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The aircraft was destroyed, and the commercial-rated flight instructor and a pilot-rated passenger were both fatally injured. The flight originated from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, the same day, about 10:53.

At 11:14, the pilot of YV-385CP told FAA ARTCC that he was experiencing an emergency, and he asked for immediate directions to Bimini. There were no further communications. According to radar information, at 11:13:33, the altitude was about 23,600 feet, and at 11:14:58 it had descended to 2,800 feet. Sound spectrum analysis of an FAA re-recording of communications between the pilot and ATC, indicated there were electronic signatures present, attributable to propeller noise, at cruise setting, for that type of aircraft. Records obtained from Venezuela indicated that earlier, YV-385CP had been involved in an accident, and had incurred extensive structural damage. The aircraft had been repaired in Venezuela, and was subsequently flown to the Unites States for additional repairs. Records obtained from the U.S. repair station indicated that the airplane incurred an extensive maintenance history, with needed repairs including damaged wiring, and leaks in the fuel system, as well as structural leaks, which had lead to several pressurization difficulties.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Undetermined."

Sources:
» NTSB


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL et Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport est de 2194 km (1371 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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