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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 30 December 2015
Time:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Operator:Cobb Aviation Services
Registration: N999VB
MSN: BB-645
First flight: 1980
Total airframe hrs:6589
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gary Regional Airport, IN (GYY) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Springfield-Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, IL (SPI/KSPI), United States of America
Destination airport:Gary Regional Airport, IN (GYY/KGYY), United States of America
The Beechcraft 200 Super King Air, N999VB, had a hard landing at the Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY), near Gary, Indiana. The pilot and eight passengers were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the hard landing.
Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident, and the flight was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan.
The pilot indicated that the airplane encountered structural icing conditions while enroute to GYY. During the landing, the airplane landed hard. Witnesses on the ramp at GYY observed that the airplane sustained a hard landing. One witness observed that fluid was leaking from the left side of the airplane near its wheels. Additionally, he noted that there was ice on the leading edge of both wings.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain the glidepath and appropriate airspeed during landing in icing conditions, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and a hard landing."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 years
Accident number: CEN16LA076
Download report: Final report

Heavy landing
Loss of control



photo of Beechcraft-200-Super-King-Air-N999VB
accident date: 30-12-2015
type: Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
registration: N999VB

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Springfield-Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, IL to Gary Regional Airport, IN as the crow flies is 272 km (170 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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