Accident Beechcraft 200 Super King Air N220KW, Friday 8 September 2023
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Date:Friday 8 September 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Owner/operator:Airselect LLC
Registration: N220KW
MSN: BB-1120
Year of manufacture:1983
Total airframe hrs:9817 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Elk Grove Village, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD)
Destination airport:Waterloo Airport, IA (ALO/KALO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On September 8, 2023, at about 1841 local time, a Beechcraft 200 Super King Air, N220KW, sustained substantial damage when it impacted heavily wooded terrain in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The sole pilot onboard received serious injuries.

The pilot reported that he had completed a charter flight and departed to pick up new passengers at an airport about 200 nautical miles away. While on approach to the destination airport, the previous passengers notified the pilot that they were ready to be picked up, so the pilot did not land and turned the airplane back toward the departure airport. The pilot climbed to 10,000 ft and noticed the airplane’s fuel burn was high, so he climbed to 16,000 ft. The pilot reported that “everything was routine until about a 3-mile final” to the runway, when the controller asked the pilot to slow to a final approach speed. An airplane was still on the runway, so the controller told the pilot to go around. The pilot told controllers twice that he had minimum fuel available.

The pilot continued on a visual approach for the same runway when the right engine lost power followed by the left engine. He feathered both propellers and made a forced landing to a wooded area. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot later stated that he was “trying to do too much with too little” fuel and the accident was a result of poor fuel management. Although the controller directed the pilot to go around, the pilot should have recognized the criticality of the minimum fuel situation and landed the airplane.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper fuel planning, that resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion, and a subsequent forced landing. Also causal was the pilot’s decision to go around with minimum fuel.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN23LA406
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report

Sources: (ATC)



Revision history:

09-Sep-2023 04:11 Geno Added
09-Sep-2023 06:04 harro Updated
09-Sep-2023 19:50 MartyBecker Updated
10-Sep-2023 14:57 johnwg Updated
11-Sep-2023 01:17 Captain Adam Updated
11-Sep-2023 06:45 jaeschke Updated
11-Sep-2023 06:45 harro Updated
19-Sep-2023 12:06 Captain Adam Updated
17-Oct-2023 21:27 Captain Adam Updated

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