Twin-engined Beechcraft B200 Super King Air crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet mall in Melbourne
Dallas/Canberra: A pilot repeatedly yelled out “Mayday” but did not say what the emergency was before his light plane crashed into the roof of an Australian shopping mall, killing himself and four American tourists, an accident investigator said on Wednesday.
Police blamed “catastrophic engine failure” when a twin-engined Beechcraft B200 Super King Air crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet mall in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon on Tuesday moments after take-off from a nearby runway.
But Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Greg Hood said modern twin-engined aircraft are designed to continue flying if an engine fails.
“My understanding is he only used the word ‘Mayday’ a number of times,” Hood told reporters, referring to radio communication from pilot Max Quartermain to...Read more...