October 31, 2014 - On Thursday a Beechcraft 200
King Air, N52SZ departing
runway 1R at Wichita Mid Continent
Airport, Kansas for
Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport,
crashed just after takeoff killing four people.
At or about 9:50 AM the pilot, Mark Goldstein,
53, was cleared by air traffic control (ATC) for
takeoff. As he began to ascend above the runway
one of the two engines failed, Goldstein radioed
ATC to state "we lost the left engine" and that
he was retuning back to the airport to land.
Within seconds the King Air crashed into a
two-story building where
Center is located.
FlightSafety International spokesman, Steve
Phillips said "It crashed into the roof of our
training center", which is located about 1,775
feet left of runway 1R centerline. The aircraft
burst into a ball of fire killing the pilot and
three people in the learning center.
The aircraft is owned by Beechcraft Corp, the
company purchased the aircraft back from its
prior owner Sheetz Inc. an Altoona,
based convenience store chain. Sheetz Inc.
spokesperson, Tarah Arnold said “We sold the
plane on September 25, 2012 back to Beechcraft.”