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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 30 April 1974
Time:13:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 99 Airliner
Operator:Metro Airlines
Registration: N853SA
C/n / msn: U- 41
First flight: 1968
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Galveston-Scholes Field, TX (GLS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Galveston-Scholes Field, TX (GLS/KGLS), United States of America
Destination airport:Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH), United States of America
Narrative:
The crew left Galveston in a hurry because they were 10 minutes behind schedule. The passengers did not get a safety briefing and the captain left the trim stabilizer in the standby position. Control was lost on takeoff and the airplane crashed and caught fire. To make things worse, the fire truck attending the scene was not equipped with a foam extinguisher.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - lack of familiarity with aircraft
pilot in command - misused or failed to use flaps
miscellaneous acts,conditions - gust locks engaged
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - checklist-failed to use
personnel - airport supervisory personnel: other

Classification:
Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Loss of control

Sources:
» Flight International 09.05.1974 (573)
» NTSB
» The Victoria Advocate - May 1, 1974


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Distance from Galveston-Scholes Field, TX to Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX as the crow flies is 92 km (57 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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