ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 200 Super King Air N996LM Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison field, SC
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 18 October 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Operator:Lowcountry Aviation Co Brokerage LLC
Registration: N996LM
MSN: BB-157
First flight: 1976
Total airframe hrs:11928
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison field, SC (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison field, SC (KLRO), United States of America
Destination airport:Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC (CAE/KCAE), United States of America
A Beech 200, N996LM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The two pilots and six passengers were not injured.
The airplane was taxiing for departure at Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison field, SC (KLRO). According to the pilot, on his right side he observed a fuel truck that was parked on the right side of the apron, less than 20 ft from the center line taxiway marking for ramp guidance. He assessed that he had enough room to depart the parking area. No safety markings or cones were around the fuel truck, and no marshaling assistance or warnings were provided by the fixed-base-operator.
The pilot also noticed a small single-engine airplane to his immediate left, pulling into a parking area adjacent to his airplane. He hesitated and 'shallowed out' his sharp left turn to avoid any contact with the single-engine airplane; however, the right-wing tip of his airplane contacted the fuel truck, which resulted in the outboard 2-ft of the wingtip shearing off at the rivet line. In addition, the outboard attach point of the aileron was sheared, and the aileron was damaged.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the parked fuel truck while taxiing for takeoff. Contributing to the outcome was the pilot's decision to park the airplane in the congested ramp area and his excessive taxi speed.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: ERA22LA019
Download report: Preliminary report

Collision with airport equipment
Damaged on the ground


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Distance from Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison field, SC to Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC as the crow flies is 169 km (105 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 Network’s 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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