Preliminary information published by the NTSB shows that the Venezuelan Beech 1900 that crashed near Tamiami on February 11 was on it’s first flight since an overhauled prop had been installed.
The Beechcraft 1900, operated by Aeropanamericano, a division of an international security firm, had been flown to Miami Executive Airport, FL (TMB) in Florida for routine maintenance. The left engine propeller had been due for overhaul. It was removed and replaced with an overhauled propeller prior to the accident flight. The accident flight was the first flight after the overhauled propeller was installed on the left engine, according to the NTSB.
The airplane departed on a ferry flight back to Venezuela with a technical stop at Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. There were two pilots and two passengers on board.
Immediately after takeoff one of the pilots reported an “engine failure” to air traffic control. The controller asked the pilot if he would like to return to the airport and the pilot replied affirmative. The controller then offered a 180-degree turn to runway 9R and the pilot requested a left traffic pattern to runway 27L, which the controller approved; however, the airplane subsequently impacted a utility pole and terrain about 4,5 km west of the runway.
The highest altitude recorded on radar was 300 feet. A postcrash fire consumed a majority of the cockpit and cabin.
Witnesses had observed the airplane flying low, with the left wing down and the left propeller turning slower than the right propeller, before the airplane impacted the utility pole.
The engines are being examined by the NTSB. A loss of power on the left hand engine as witnesses claim to have seen would mean that the critical engine had failed.