Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beechcraft E90 King Air, N48TA, King Industries Corporation: Fatal accident occurred June 13, 2017 near Sierra Blanca Regional Airport (KSRR), Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

King Industries Corporation:

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA227
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Ruidoso, NM
Aircraft: BEECH E 90, registration: N48TA
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 13, 2017, about 2210 mountain daylight time, a Beech E-90, N48TA, impacted terrain about 2,400 feet southeast of the departure end of runway 24 (8,120 feet by 100 feet, asphalt) Sierra Blanca Regional Airport (SRR), Ruidoso, New Mexico, during a departure climb. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and post-crash fire. The commercial pilot and a passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. An instrument rules flight plan was filed for the flight that was originating at the time of the accident and was destined to Abilene Regional Airport, Abilene, Texas.

The airplane wreckage path was distributed along an approximate heading of 138 degrees and was about 168 feet in length. Both propellers were separated from the engines and were resting along the debris path. Both propellers exhibited S-shaped bending, leading edge damage, and chordwise scratching consistent with engine power.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

Justin Alan and Hayden Alan King left this world too soon, but together, on June 13th, 2017. Justin and Hayden are hanging out with Justin's beloved mom and Hayden's Framma Wynn right now. These two characters touched so many lives in their 39 and 13 years. This duo embraced life fearlessly, with humor and grace. They lifted up their neighbors, spoke life to friends and strangers alike, and were able to find (and were often the source of) joy, love, and fun every day.

Whether on the field or from the announcer's booth, the two Kings spurred the Capitan Tigers on to greatness. Husband and son loved their family unconditionally. They saw the value in others and they challenged us to find the courage to reach our goals. Pizza and Twix bar runs; baseball, football, basketball; backhoe tutorials; toenail painting by Karsten and boogeyman protection happened with a wink and a smile. They took pride in our country and were a positive force in the community and school. They liked the Broncos, but nobody is perfect. Devoted father, son and brother, Justin and Hayden made family a priority.

They are survived by wife and mother Kim, son and brother Aston, daughter and sister Karsten, Grandpas Jack and Chuck, Grandma Homie G, Grandma Lou, Uncle and brother Jady and his wife, Melissa, their children, Jasper and Alexandra, and countless Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, family and friends… all of us really.

Services will be held Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tiger Football Stadium in Capitan, NM. Please come and fill the stands. Wear your orange and black. Put on your jerseys and show your Tiger Pride as we celebrate the lives of Justin and Hayden. The family asks that you bring or share pictures and memories via memory boxes that will be provided at the memorial service or on the Facebook page named Justin and Hayden King. In lieu of flowers or food, donations may be made to the King family, mailed to King Industries at PO Box 273, Alto, NM 88312. The memorial fund is yet to be named. 



RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a pilot and his son are dead after their twin-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in southern New Mexico.

State Police spokesman Carl Christiansen says the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday at the airport in Ruidoso, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northeast of El Paso, Texas.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says the Beechcraft E90 King Air was en route to Abilene, Texas.

Christiansen identified the pilot as 39-year-old Justin A. King and 13-year-old Hayden King of Ruidoso.

The cause of the wreck is not clear. The FAA says the plane burned upon impact.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation.

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