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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 24 June 1987
Time:12:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200C Super King Air
Operator:Midwest Energy Development
Registration: N617MS
MSN: BL-35
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:2940
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Madisonville Municipal Airport, KY (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Madisonville Municipal Airport, KY, United States of America
Destination airport:Marion-Williamson County Airport, IL (MWA/KMWA), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft struck a 2-ft high avgas pump while the pilot was taxiing around another aircraft that was parked. The nose gear collapsed and a small fire resulted. The pilot and passenger evacuated the aircraft. Line personnel were unable to extinguish the fire with hand-held extinguishers. The aircraft was subsequently engulfed by the fire and was destroyed. A large dry chemical fire extinguisher was located next to the pump at the time, but line personnel were unable to get to it due to the fire. The black top around the pump had recently been resurfaced and no safety markings, lights or barricades were in place around the pump (except for the large fire extinguisher). The pump was originally located next to the ramp edge, but subsequent expansion of the ramp left the pump surrounded by pavement.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
visual lookout .. inadequate .. pilot in command
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
airport facilities,obstruction marking .. inadequate
other airport/runway maintenance .. inadequate .. airport personnel
object .. airport facility

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: ATL87LA185
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Collision with airport equipment
Damaged on the ground

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Madisonville Municipal Airport, KY to Marion-Williamson County Airport, IL as the crow flies is 148 km (92 miles).

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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