Elmina Crash: Beechcraft occupants had no chance of surviving high impact crash which ignited catastrophic fire

KUALA LUMPUR: The high energy collision of the aircraft on the ground and flammable fuel in the tank ignited catastrophic fire which engulfed the entire fuselage, aircraft occupants as well as the collateral motorist and motorcyclist on the ground.

These were among the preliminary findings of the Beechcraft plane crash at Bandar Elmina, Shah Alam last month.

The fire caused several victims to end up severely charred, leaving no survivors in the catastrophic accident.

The findings also concluded that visual and field analysis showed that the aircraft right wing tip firstly impacted on the solid ground and immediately followed by the nose at high energy.

The short duration acceleration (0.1 - 0.5 seconds) typically observed in the high energy collision led to fatal injuries of the aircraft occupants.

"This level impact forces, collision pattern and magnitude were beyond the limit of human tolerance indicating that this was not a survivable accident.

"The aircraft container was shattered due to the high energy impact and post-crash fire.

"This disintegration of the container failed to prevent intrusion of outside objects. Therefore, occupants sustained fatal injuries.

"Survivability was almost impossible," the findings showed.

In this accident, the impact forces were beyond the limit of the aircraft structure could withstand.

Therefore, the aircraft disintegrated and excessive energy was transmitted to cabin occupants.


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