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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Thursday 4 December 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Operator:Southeastern Air Charter
Registration: N85BK
MSN: BB-734
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:9864
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) S of Atlanta-Newnan Coweta County Airport, GA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Douglas Municipal Airport, GA (KDQH), United States of America
Destination airport:Atlanta-Newnan Coweta County Airport, GA (KCCO), United States of America
Upon arriving at the destination airport, the controller cleared the flight for localizer 32 approach at Atlanta-Newnan Coweta County Airport, GA and informed the pilot that radar service was terminated and a frequency change was approved, report cancelling IFR this frequency. The pilot acknowledged the clearance. A review of radar data revealed that the airplane was on course and lined up with the runway when the airplane collided with trees and the ground one mile south of runway 32. A review of information on file with Southeastern Air Charter, Inc., the operator of the accident airplane, found that the pilot's most recent Airman Competency/Proficiency Check was conducted in a Cessna 210. There were no records to indicate the pilot had under gone a flight-check in the Beech 200, as outlined in the Corporations FAA Approved Operational Specifications. Examination of the airframe and engines found no pre-existing discrepancies that would have precluded the airplane from operating properly prior to impact. Surface Weather Observations reported near the time of the accident. was visibility 1 to 1¼ miles; ceiling 200 feet overcast. A review of the approach plate found the minimum descent altitude for the approach to be 325 AGL and visibility 1 mile.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's inadequate in-flight planning/decision when he continued the flight below the decision height and collided with trees. A related factor was the low ceiling."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: ATL04FA045
Download report: Summary report

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



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Distance from Douglas Municipal Airport, GA to Atlanta-Newnan Coweta County Airport, GA as the crow flies is 270 km (169 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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