Date & Time: Aug 14, 2009 at 1908 LT
Type of aircraft:
Beechcraft 99 Airliner
Operator:
Registration:
F-BTME
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Evora - Evora
MSN:
U-079
YOM:
1968
Country:
Portugal
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
1
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Aircraft flight hours:
22993
Aircraft flight cycles:
17449
Circumstances:
After several training mission with skydivers all day, pilot started a last mission at 1847LT. While climbing to 10,500 feet, left engine failed and autofeathered. Eleven skydivers jumped while one seated with the pilot to return to airport. On approach to runway 01, pilot did not inform ATC about his situation, made a low pass and did not land. He eventually decided to perform a go around and increased the power on right engine when aircraft banked to the left, hit the roof of a house and crashed in flames in the residiential area of Almeirim. Both occupants were killed and aircraft was destroyed by impact and post impact fire.
Causes:
It appears that pilot was not qualified on this type of aircraft, possessed only a single engine aircraft licence and that the company he created recently (Avioarte Serviços Aéreos) was not registered on the Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority register and did not have any valid Air Operator certificate.
The investigators concluded the primary cause for this accident was pilot inability, as he was not qualified to fly this class of aircraft, to carry a single engine landing or maintain directional control during go-around with one engine inoperative.
Contributory factors were as follow:
1. The pilot was not qualified to operate multi-engine aircrafts and had no knowledge and training to fly this kind of aircraft;
2. Unsuitable fuel monitoring and omission on manufacturer recommended procedures accomplishment;
3. Inadequate flying technique, without consideration to the airplane special flying characteristics;
4. Inadequate supervision, by the competent authorities, on flying activities carried by pilots and aircrafts with foreign licenses and registrations, inside Portuguese territory.