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Last updated: 24 October 2020
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Dienstag 30 April 1974
Zeit:13:47
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 99 Airliner
Fluggesellschaft:Metro Airlines
Kennzeichen: N853SA
Werknummer: U- 41
Baujahr: 1968
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 10
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 12
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Galveston-Scholes Field, TX (GLS) (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Galveston-Scholes Field, TX (GLS/KGLS), USA
Flug nach:Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH), USA
Unfallbericht:
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

Informationsquelle:
» Flight International 09 May 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.

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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