NTSB Identification: MIA99LA258.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 19, 1999 in ATLANTIC OCEAN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2001
Aircraft: Beech BE-200, registration: YV385
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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At 1114:17, the pilot of YV385CP told FAA ARTCC that he was experiencing an emergency, and at 1114:29 he asked for immediate directions to Bimini. There were no further communications with YV395CP. At that time, the aircraft was about 9 miles southwest of Bimini, Bahamas, on a southeasterly heading, at a speed of about 200 knots, and an altitude of about 21,000 feet. Rescue personnel located debris and fuel at latitude 25 degrees, 47.0 minutes north, longitude, 079 degrees, 23.6 minutes west, consistent with the position relayed by ARTCC. According to radar information, at 1113:33, YV395CP's altitude was about 23,600 feet, and at 1114:58 YV385CP had descended to 2,800 feet. Sound spectrum analysis of an FAA re-recording of communications between the pilot and ATC, indicated there were electronic signatures present, attributable to propeller noise, at cruise setting, for that type of aircraft. Records obtained from Venezuela indicated that earlier, YV385CP had been involved in an accident, and had incurred extensive structural damage. The aircraft had been repaired in Venezuela, and was subsequently flown to the Unites States for additional repairs. Records obtained from the U.S. repair station indicated that the airplane incurred an extensive maintenance history, with needed repairs including damaged wiring, and leaks in the fuel system, as well as structural leaks, which had lead to several pressurization difficulties.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:


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