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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 30 June 2015
Time:08:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft C99
Operator:Ameriflight
Registration: N6199D
C/n / msn: U-169
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:31957
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
Destination airport:Ely Airport, MN (LYU/KELO), United States of America
Narrative:
The Beechcraft C-99, N6199D, aborted takeoff at the Salt Lake City International Airport, Utah after experiencing a flight control malfunction shortly after liftoff. The two commercial pilots were uninjured and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.
The pilots reported that after a normal start and taxi the airplane was cleared to takeoff from runway 16L. The airplane rolled down the runway and the pilot in command rotated the airplane about 100 knots. Immediately, the airplane yawed to the right and the right rudder pedal was at the floor. The copilot did not note anything abnormal with the engines and instruments. Both pilots applied pressure to the left rudder pedal, however, the pedal barely moved. The PIC then manipulated the rudder trim, however, that also did not reduce the right yaw. He jockeyed the throttles and attempted to land the airplane back onto the runway. The airplane touched down
onto the left side of the runway and the airplane remained difficult to control; the left landing gear collapsed and the airplane slid to a stop on its left wing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The airplane's unmanageable right yaw during takeoff for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination of the rudder and rudder assembly did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 12 months
Accident number: WPR15LA203
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» NTSB


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Salt Lake City International Airport, UT to Ely Airport, MN as the crow flies is 1765 km (1103 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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