Narrative:The Vice President, General Manager and Superintendent of Maintenance went to the repair facility to inspect the aircraft following overhaul, installation of new engines and modifications of the DC-3 N3588. The Superintendent of Maintenance decided to test-fly the plane personally (he was not type-rated on the plane and had very limited DC-3 experience) with a technician (who was a rated private pilot) in the right-hand seat. During take-off, the DC-3 became airborne in an excessively nose-high attitude. The plane continued at a very low airspeed in the nose-high position with the gear down. At an altitude of about 300 feet agl the plane stalled, pitched down, and turned 150deg to the left before striking the ground. The aircraft caught fire after impact.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Pilot failed to maintain flying speed during an improperly executed take-off and take-off climb. 2) Judgement of the pilot in initiating the flight and Vice President and General Manager for approving the flight under existing circumstances"
Loss of control
» NTSB File 1-0009
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