King Air C90 Ditching Still under Investigation
The NTSB has released the preliminary accident report on the April 3 ditching of a Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GTx. The ditching occurred during a delivery flight of the new turboprop twin from the Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) factory at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) to Hato International Airport (TNCC), Willemstad, Curaçao, via Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fla.
Approximately 100 nautical miles short of TNCC, the pilots reported less fuel on board than anticipated and subsequently ditched the airplane 17 nautical miles north of Aruba. Both pilots were rescued unharmed.
The flight plan distance from FXE to TNCC is about 1,054 nautical miles. According to HBC, the King Air’s range is 1,289 nautical miles. Neither HBC nor the NTSB would comment on the accident, which is still under investigation.