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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Datum:Donnerstag 19 Oktober 2000
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BE30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 300 Super King Air
Fluggesellschaft:AeroSmith Aviation
Kennzeichen: N398DE
Werknummer: FA-109
Baujahr: 1986
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Concord-Buchanan Field, CA (CCR) (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Flug von:Concord-Buchanan Field, CA (CCR/KCCR), USA
Flug nach:San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC/KSJC), USA
A Beechcraft 300 Super King Air twin-engine airplane, N398DE, overran the runway and struck an automobile during an aborted takeoff at the Concord-Buchanan Field, CA (CCR). The airplane sustained substantial damage; however, the airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the automobile, received serious injuries. The airplane was registered to King Air Charter was operated by AeroSmith Aviation as a positioning flight when the accident occurred. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined for San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC). Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed.

According to the pilot's written statement, he performed a rolling takeoff on runway 32R and was paying close attention to balancing the engine power and keeping runway centerline alignment. As the airplane accelerated, the pilot set the engine power above 80 percent and began an instrument scan. He then noted the airspeed indicator was reading zero with the needle resting on the peg. The pilot looked back at the power (torque) gauges, and then back to the airspeed indicator. He then attempted to abort the takeoff by reducing the power levers to idle, then to reverse, and by applying the brakes.
The airplane skidded off the end of the runway, through a chain link perimeter fence, and struck an automobile that was traveling on the perimeter road. The airplane continued across the road, coming to rest on second chain link fence that bordered California State Highway 4.
After coming to a stop, the pilot moved the fuel control levers to fuel cutoff, closed the engine firewall fuel shutoff valves, and moved the gang bar down to shutoff all electrical power. He then deplaned through the aft main cabin door.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's delayed decision to abort the takeoff and his failure to utilize the propeller's reverse pitch function."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 1 months
Accident number: LAX01LA019
Download report: Summary report



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Distance from Concord-Buchanan Field, CA to San Jose Municipal Airport, CA as the crow flies is 70 km (44 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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