UK investigators are examining how a Beechcraft King Air 200 crashed soon after taking off from Stapleford airport in Essex on 3 October, killing its two crew members.
The twin-engined turboprop, registration G-BYCP (archive image below), was owned and operated by the UK’s largest charter and management company, London Executive Aviation (LEA).
According to the operator, the King Air 200 lifted off from its Stapleford base at around 10:20 local time with the pilot and co-pilot at the controls. The eight-seat aircraft was on a positioning flight to the Royal Air Force's Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire – 65nm (120km) to the west – to pick up passengers.
“Almost immediately after take-off, the aircraft came down in a field close to Stapleford airport,” says LEA.
The executive-configured twin was one of the three King Air 200s in LEA's 24-strong business aircraft fleet. It was manufactured in 1981 and had its last scheduled maintenance inspection on 12 June, the operator confirms.
LEA describes the crew as “ highly experienced professional pilots”. The captain “had extensive experience of flying King Air aircraft”, it says “and was a flying examiner [with the UK Civil Aviation Authority]”.
Source: Flight International