ASN Aircraft accident Convair CV-240-0 N300GR Daytona Beach, FL
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 24 May 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-0
Operator:Charles Clay
Registration: N300GR
MSN: 115
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Daytona Beach, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Daytona Beach-Spruce Creek Airport, FL, United States of America
Destination airport:Santo Domingo (unknown airport), Dominican Republic
The Convair CV-240 was 7353 lb over the maximum gross weight when it departed Daytona Beach. In addition, the crew were aware of the fact that the oil lines of the plane were 15 years old. During takeoff, the no. 2 engine caught fire. The pilot continued the takeoff and initiated a left turn, followed by a steep right turn. The aircraft crashed and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - attempted operation w/known deficiencies in equipment
pilot in command - failed to abort takeoff
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fire in engine

Loss of control



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