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Tail numberN601PC
Accident dateAugust 22, 2008
Aircraft typeBeech A100
LocationMoab, UT
Near 38.729723 N, -109.766111 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On August 22, 2008, about 1750 mountain daylight time, a Beech A100 (King Air), N601PC, impacted hilly terrain shortly after takeoff from the Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY), Moab, Utah. The Leavitt Group Wings LLC owned and operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certificated commercial pilot and nine passengers were killed. The airplane was destroyed during a post-impact fire. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight that was destined for Cedar City Airport (CDC), Cedar City, Utah. No flight plan had been filed.

The purpose of the flight was to transport medical personnel back to their base of operation in Cedar City. The personnel had flown to Moab earlier in the day to work in a clinic.

According to the Grand County Sheriff's Department, a 911 call was received by dispatch reporting a brush fire. When first responders arrived on scene they confirmed a downed airplane and fire. Park Rangers from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also responded to the accident site, and were able to extinguish the fire.

There were no known witnesses to the accident sequence.

Two pilots awaiting the arrival of their passenger at the airport reported seeing the accident pilot and passengers. One of the pilots was outside talking on the telephone when he saw a passenger van arrive at the airport. He observed nine people exited the van with 4 plastic file boxes and 3 silver cases. The pilot did not observe the passengers boarding the airplane, but was outside when the engines were started. He stated that it was too loud to continue his telephone conversation so he returned to the airport lobby. The witness stated that there were no unusual sounds emanating from the engines. Both he and the other pilot did not see the airplane take off, but they did hear it, and that the takeoff sounded normal. About 15 minutes later, the pilot that had been on the telephone went outside and noted smoke in the distance.

Investigators responded to the accident site the following day. Preliminary on-site documentation indicated that the airplane impacted on the upslope side of hilly terrain in a right wing low nose high attitude about 1.2 miles southeast of the airport. A propeller blade from the right engine propeller assembly was located in the debris field near the initial impact point. The airplane came to rest on the downslope side of the hilly terrain and was mostly consumed by the post-impact fire. No evidence of an in-flight structural failure was found.

Both engines and propeller assemblies will be examined at a later date.

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