Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Beech C-99, Operated as AMF1843 by Ameriflight, LLC, N234AV: Accident occurred August 01, 2016 in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah

AMF1843 by Ameriflight, LLC:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA155
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, August 01, 2016 in Spanish Fork, UT
Aircraft: BEECH C 99, registration: N234AV
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 1, 2016, about 1840 mountain daylight time, a twin-engine turboprop Beech C-99 airplane, N234AV, sustained substantial damage following a collision with an object in the vicinity of Spanish Fork, Utah. The airplane was operated as AMF1843 by Ameriflight, LLC, Dallas, Texas, as a visual flight rules scheduled cargo flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the time of the accident, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight originated at the Carbon County Regional Airport (PUC), Price, Utah about 1825 destined for Salt Lake City, Utah. 

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge, the pilot said that he had departed PUC enroute to Salt Lake. He was in a cruise climb, climbing through about 8,500 feet when he noticed something pass the airplane in his peripheral vision, then felt a "thud" as something struck the airplane. He said that he thought it was a bird strike and there was no loss of control or abnormal control feel, so he elected to continue the flight to Salt Lake and landed uneventfully. After exiting the airplane, the pilot noticed that about 12 inches of the vertical stabilizer was missing and there was substantial damage to the rudder. 

Initial examination of the severed area of the stabilizer showed no evidence of organic material. The separated portion of the stabilizer has yet to be located. A detailed examination of the damaged area by the NTSB Materials Laboratory is pending.

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