If you just go by what the NTSB’s probable cause says, you’ll likely be at least partially misled about what happened in the crash of a Raytheon B200 King Air into a building in the FlightSafety International complex at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (KICT), Wichita, Kansas. The accident occurred on October 30, 2014, and the NTSB adopted its probable cause this past March. The pilot, who was the only person onboard, was killed. Three people in FlightSafety’s simulator building also were killed, while two others received serious injuries and four sustained minor injuries. The weather was good VFR, with no ceiling, visibility 10 miles, and the wind 350 degrees at 16 knots.
If you focus only on the NTSB’s probable cause statement, you might think the pilot was at least slightly inept when it came to handling an engine-out situation and, therefore, should never have been trusted with a King Air. However, details buried in various investigative reports put together by NTSB staff indicate something else to me: that the pilot was well-qualified in twin-engine airplanes, including the King Air, and likely was making a valiant effort to plant the troubled airplane safely on the ground within the confines of the airport.