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.
|Date:||21 February 1980||Investigation status:||Completed|
|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 manufacturer||Beech Aircraft Corp|
|Aircraft model||Beech Super King Air 200|
|Type of operation||Air Transport Low Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Kingsford Smith Airport, NSW|