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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133862
Last updated: 26 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 23
Owner/operator:Schelmm, Susan
Registration: N1823Q
C/n / msn: 2328
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wilmot, WI -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:WI10
Destination airport:WI10
Investigating agency: NTSB
On August 10, 1996, at 1100 central daylight time (cdt), a Beech BE-23, N1823Q, piloted by an airline transport rated flight instructor acting as pilot-in-command during a dual instructional flight, was destroyed when it collided with trees shortly after liftoff from runway 14 (1,480' x 40' dry turf) at the Westosha Airport, Wilmot, Wisconsin. The instructor and student pilot reported no injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The 14 CFR Part 91 flight was not operating on a flight plan. The flight departed Wilmot, Wisconsin, at 1059 cdt.

According to the certified flight instructor's (CFI) written statement, he and the student pilot were performing approach turn stall maneuvers and inflight emergency procedures. The student pilot was on her last check out flight for her private pilot's license. He decide to show the student pilot a soft field landing and takeoff at Westosha Airport. The student pilot made the landing, but on departure, "...the plane would not maintain a positive rate of climb and settled into the trees.".

According to the student pilot's written statement, she had just made the landing to runway 14, at Westosha Airport and back taxied to the approach end of runway 14. The CFI said he would demonstrate a soft field takeoff. The student pilot stated, "...give full power, we ran the full length of the runway. The airplane had hardly become airborne. We clipped the high bushes at the runway, couldn't maintain altitude...".

The IIC calculated the takeoff ground run using the Beechcraft Musketeer A23,A23A Pilot Operating Handbook, at 2,350 pounds with level dry paved surface, 10 knots of headwind to be 1,276 feet. To clear a 50 foot obstacle, it was calculated to be 2,211 feet.
PROBABLE CAUSE:improper planning/decision by the flight instructor (CFI) by failing to ensure that the airplane would be able to clear brush and trees near the departure end of the runway.


NTSB id 20001208X06453

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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