Aviation Expert Analyses Melbourne Shopping Centre Air Crash

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

Aviation Lawyer expresses serious concerns about what caused a Twin Engine Aircraft to crash into a retail complex.

Expert aviation lawyer at Ashfords LLP, who has significant experience in twin turbo-prop operations and acting in air accidents involving twin engine aircraft, says that the cause(s) of this catastrophic accident need to be promptly identified so that lessons can be learned.

A Beechcraft B200 King Air crashed into a retail complex in Melbourne, Australia shortly after take-off, killing four US citizens and the Australian pilot. The accident is being investigated by The Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Ashfords' Aviation Team specialises in representing the victims of air accidents. Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and Head of Aviation at Ashfords has acted in air accidents involving engine failures on twin engine turbo-prop aircraft shortly after take-off, such as the Sita Air Dornier crash in Nepal, as well as crashes into cities and occupied areas that have resulted in deaths and injuries to victims on the ground, including the Police Helicopter crash into the city of Glasgow and the Shoreham Air Show Hunter jet crash onto a busy road.

Jim Morris commented: "This crash of a twin engine aircraft into a city is extremely concerning. It is reported that the aircraft appeared to have a catastrophic engine failure shortly after take-off. However, a twin engine aircraft is designed to be able to continue with a take-off and climb safely if one engine fails completely."

Despite the devastating crash, it is reported that no-one on the ground was killed or injured.

Jim states: "The nature of the catastrophic failure that caused the complete loss of control of this aircraft needs to be identified promptly, so that lessons can be learned and appropriate measures implemented to improve flight safety. It is to be hoped that the Australian air accident investigators will be able to quickly identify the key factors that caused this crash and publish a preliminary accident report. It is very early days  but a number of factors will be considered, including whether one or both engines lost power, what system/ component(s) caused the failure, whether there was a fire or another problem (such as damage to flying controls) that caused loss of control and if it was a single engine failure, why the pilot was not able to maintain control and climb on one engine.

"This is a devastating crash and our thoughts are with the families of those on board the aircraft."

For any press enquiries, please contact Kathryn Deeley (PR & Communications Executive) - k.deeley@ashfords.co.uk.

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