A 2009 Beechcraft B200 King Air, tail number PR-DOC, owned by the Vilma Alimentos Company crashed in a remote wooded area while attempting to land in severe fog at Juiz de Fora Airport (JDF) in the Zona da Mata of Minas Gerais, Brazil on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 7:45 a.m. local time, as reported by the Aviation Safety Network, Kathryn Aviation News, G1 Globo Comunicação Brazil, and other media sources.
At least eight persons died in the accident, including the pilot, copilot, company president Domingos Costa, vice president of sales and marketing Cesar Tavares, and several directors. The officials were attending a business convention organized by the Federation of Industries of Minas Gerais.
Initial reports indicate that the pilot had made three aborted attempts to land, but encountered problems because of poor visibility. The aircraft had taken off at 7:07 a.m. from Pampulha Airport (PLU) serving Belo Horizonte, the capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (MG), located in the southeastern region of the country.
Six fire trucks were deployed to the scene of the accident, where rescue workers retrieved the badly burned remains of 8 victims. The twin-engine aircraft apparently exploded on impact with the ground, leaving smouldering underbrush and charred trees, but very little evidence of the plane itself.
The National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) will likely be the lead agency in investigating this fatal crash.
An attached video clip which accompanies this report shows features of this aircraft.
The Beechcraft B200 King Air is a highly successful twin-turboprop aircraft produced by the Beech Aircraft Corporation since 1972 at a unit cost of $5.24 to $7.57 million dollars per plane. A total of 1,157 planes were built as of the end of 2009. Depending on configuration, the aircraft can carry up to 13 passengers, and 1 or 2 pilots.
The plane has maximum speed of 339 miles an hour, a cruising speed of 333 miles an hour, a stall speed of 86 miles an hour, a service ceiling of 35,000 feet, a rate of climb of 2,450 feet per minute, and a range of 2,075 miles.
We offer our condolences to the families and colleagues of those who perished in this tragic accident.
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