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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 5 August 2013
Time:13:29
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Operator:Mflug Air
Registration: TF-MYX
C/n / msn: BB-1136
First flight: 1983
Total airframe hrs:15247
Cycles:18574
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4,4 km (2.8 mls) NW of Akureyri Airport (AEY) (   Iceland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Reykjavk Domestic Airport (RKV/BIRK), Iceland
Destination airport:Akureyri Airport (AEY/BIAR), Iceland
Narrative:
A Beechcraft B200 Super King Air was destroyed in an accident near Akureyri Airport (AEY), Iceland. A medic and the captain were killed. The other pilot received minor injuries.
The air ambulance plane had transported a patient from Hfn to Reykjavik, Iceland and was returning to the home base at Akureyri Airport. The repositioning flight departed Reykjavik at 12:44 hours local time and climbed to the cruising altitude of FL170.
During cruise, the flight crew discussed the captain's wish to deviate from the planned route to, in order to fly over a racetrack area near the airport. At the racetrack, a race was about to start at that time. The commander had planned to visit the racetrack area after landing.
The aircraft approached Akureyri from the south and at 10.5 DME the flight crew cancelled IFR. When passing KN locator (KRISTNES), the flight crew made a request to Akureyri Tower to overfly the town of Akureyri, before landing. The request was approved by the tower and the flight crew was informed that a Fokker 50 was ready for departure on runway 01. The flight crew of TF-MYX responded and informed that they would keep west of the airfield.
After passing KN, the altitude was approximately 800 ft MSL. The co-pilot mentioned to the commander that they were a bit low and recommended a higher altitude. The altitude was then momentarily increased to 1000 ft.
When approaching the racetrack area, the aircraft entered a steep left turn. During the turn, the altitude dropped until the aircraft hit the racetrack. The left wing touched the ground and the airplane broke up while impacting terrain at Hlarfjall Road, northwest of Akureyri Airport. A post-impact fire erupted.

Probable Cause:

Causal factors:
- A breakdown in CRM occurred.
- A steep bank angle was needed to line up with the racetrack.
- The discussed flyby was executed as a low pass.
- The maximum calculated bank angle during last phase of flight was 72.9, which is outside the aircraft manoeuvring limit.
- ITSB believes that the commander's focus on a flyby that he had not planned thoroughly resulted in a low-pass with a steep bank, causing the aircraft to lose altitude and collide with the ground.

Contributory factors:
- The commander's attention to the activity at the race club area, and his association with the club was most probably a source of distraction for him and most likely motivated him to execute an unsafe manoeuver.
- Deviations from normal procedures were seen to be acceptable by some flight crews.
- A flyby was discussed between the pilots but not planned in details.
- The flight crew reacted to the departing traffic from BIAR by bringing their flight path further west of the airport.
- The approach to the low pass was misjudged.
- The steep turn was most probably made due to the commander's intention to line up with the race track.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: TSB Iceland
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 10 months
Accident number: M-01513/AIG-11
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Loss of control

Follow-up / safety actions

RNSA issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Reykjavk Domestic Airport to Akureyri Airport as the crow flies is 247 km (155 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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