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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 30 September 1981 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
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