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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Saturday 26 November 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B100 King Air
Operator:Texas Western Aviation
Registration: N1910L
MSN: BE-10
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:2214
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-6
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Midland/Odessa Regional Airport, TX (MAF) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Wichita Falls-Kickapoo Airport, TX (KIP/KCWC), United States of America
Destination airport:Midland/Odessa Regional Airport, TX (MAF/KMAF), United States of America
The aircraft crashed while completing a charter flight that began at November 25, 1983 to transport a tv sports film crew. The flight began at Midland, TX and proceeded to Fort Worth and Wichita Falls, TX, then began a return flight to Midland. During arrival, the pilot transmitted that he was turning on a 1/2 mi final approach for runway 16R. Witnesses observed what appeared to be a normal approach, but at 30 to 50 feet agl, the pilot initiated a go-around, the aircraft pitched up in an extremely nose high attitude, then entered a left bank, stalled and crashed. To duplicate the aircraft's observed profile, simulation tests showed full aft yoke pressure had to have been applied with full nose-up trim engaged throughout the manoeuvre. No pre-existing mechanical defects were found during the investigation. A test of the right front seat passenger's blood showed a blood/alcohol level of .144%. a test of the pilot's blood showed no drugs or alcohol, but a microscopic tissue exam showed changes possibly indicative of myocardial infarction; no cause of an infarction was conclusively established.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Undetermined.

Loss of control



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Distance from Wichita Falls-Kickapoo Airport, TX to Midland/Odessa Regional Airport, TX as the crow flies is 404 km (253 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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