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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134831
Last updated: 23 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ted Smith Aerostar 601P
Registration: N15BA
C/n / msn: 61P-0382-126
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sinton, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Sinton, TX (T69)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
After takeoff for a maintenance check flight, both engines on the twin-engine airplane experienced a loss of engine power. The 7,200-hour pilot had recently purchased the airplane, which had not been flown for nearly four years. The pilot, who is also a certificated airframe and powerplant mechanic, completed the inspection of the airplane prior to takeoff. During the engine run-up, the pilot noticed that the RPM and manifold pressure on the left engine did not correspond with those of the right engine. During the takeoff roll, the pilot believed the RPM on both engines began to rise to near acceptable levels, but not entirely. However, he did not abort the takeoff. The airplane became airborne for a short time, and then began to descend into trees before impacting the ground. The reason for the reported loss of engine power could not be determined.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to abort the takeoff and the subsequent loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. Contributing factors were the attempted operation of the airplane with known deficiencies in the equipment and the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Dec-2017 10:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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