NTSB Identification: BFO94WA031.
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Accident occurred Thursday, January 13, 1994 in
Aircraft: BEECH BE-90, registration: N46WA
Injuries: 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On January 13, 1994, about 1230 hours Greenwich Mean Time, a Beech BE-90, N46WA, registered to Charles Kuykendall, Wilmer, Texas, was destroyed during a ditching in international waters about 50 nautical miles south of Martigues, France. The ditching was precipitated by an in-flight fire during cruise flight. The German national commercial pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The ferry flight departed from Straubing-Wallmuhl, Germany.

According to the French Bureau Enquets Accidents and the FAA, the airplane was being ferried from Germany to Dallas, Texas, with a planned stop in Portugal. According to the pilot, an electrical fire started and produced smoke in the cockpit during the flight from Straubling-Wallmuhl, Germany, to the Azores, Portugal. The pilot elected to ditch the airplane into the Mediterranean Sea. After the ditching, the pilot utilized survival equipment and was later rescued by a search and rescue helicopter. The airplane sank.

According to Hungarian records, the airplane was substantially damaged in a previous accident on March 9, 1991. The airplane remained in Hungary until it was purchased by the current registrant.

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