By Jim Timm
The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late January, 2017, thru late February, 2017. We will use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and then take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents from happening to them.
From a flight safety standpoint, this reporting period is a bit difficult to classify in that in late January there was a serious accident that claimed two lives, and since that accident there have not been any accidents reported by the NTSB thru late February. Granted, we have had some weather this past reporting period that may have discouraged some flying, but it hasn’t been all that bad. I would like to think that after our bad start for the year, everyone has gotten a bit more cautious. I hope that is the case and the trend will continue.
Based on NTSB information available when this summary was prepared, the single accident this reporting period is as follows.
Accident Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Report Dated: 1/30/17
Title 14 CFR Part 91
Aircraft Type: Beechcraft 300
Injuries: 2 Fatal
LOSS OF CONTROL ON TAKEOFF
On January 23, 2017, about 1233 MST, a Beechcraft 300 was destroyed when it impacted terrain during takeoff from Tucson International Airport (TUS). The pilot and the passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was being operated as a personal flight, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight to Hermosillo (MMHO), Sonora, Mexico. The flight originated from TUS at 1232.
A witness observed the airplane takeoff from runway 11L and rapidly pitch up in the initial climb. At an altitude between 100-150 feet above the runway, the airplane suddenly yawed to the left while maintaing a nose-up pitch attitude. The airplane then appeared to slow down such that he believed it was about to stall. The left wing dropped, and the airplane rolled left and continued as the nose dropped and the airplane struck the ground inverted.
Another witness described the airplane yawing from left to right while climbing. The airplane then rolled left and eventually became inverted, in a manner he described as similar to a barrel roll. The airplane then exited his field of view.
After impact, the airplane slid about 650 feet across the ramp on a 060-degree magnetic heading before it collided with an 8-feet tall concrete wall.