Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech Super King Air 200, VH-AAV, Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, NSW, 21 February 1980

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At 1909:22 hours on 21 February 1980, Beech 200 aircraft, registered VH-AA V, collided with the western sea wall enclosing the extension of Runway 16/34, abeam the Runway 34 threshold, at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, New South Wales. The aircraft broke apart on impact and there was an explosive fire. The pilot and all twelve passengers were killed.

The accident occurred approximately 106 seconds after the aircraft had commenced take-off from Runway 25, on a scheduled flight to Temora, New South Wales.

The cause of the accident has not been determined, but the most likely explanation is that the aircraft was operated in a reduced power configuration which, under the prevailing conditions, rendered its single-engine performance critical in respect to aircraft handling.

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General details
Date: 21 February 1980   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1909    
Location: Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 30 September 1981   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model Beech Super King Air 200  
Aircraft registration VH-AAV  
Serial number BB-245  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Kingsford Smith Airport, NSW  
Destination Temora, NSW  
Last update 10 June 2014