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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 175882
Last updated: 21 September 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beech B35 Bonanza
Registration: N5176C
C/n / msn: D-2375
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Orange County Airport (KORG), Orange, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Orange, TX (KORG)
Destination airport:Orange, TX (KORG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Shortly after the private pilot and flight instructor took off on a local training flight several witnesses reported seeing the airplane's wings rocking back and forth just before the airplane struck power lines and then terrain. None of these witnesses reported hearing a loss of engine power. Neither of the pilots recalled the events leading up to the accident or the accident itself.

Witness marks on the airplane and propeller were consistent with an impact with power lines. Signatures on the propeller were consistent with little to no engine power at the time of the impact with the power lines; however, investigators were unable to determine if the pilot reduced engine power, or if the engine lost power, before impact. An examination of the airframe and engine revealed no preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The airplane was determined to be 100 lbs over gross weight (about 2,751 lbs) at the time of takeoff. Calculations using the airplane's performance charts and the weather conditions that existed at the time of the accident indicated that the airplane had sufficient runway available to clear a 50-ft obstacle at a gross weight of 2,600 pounds. It is unknown how significantly the airplane's overweight condition would have impacted the airplane's climb performance.
Probable Cause: The impact with power lines for reasons that could not be determined based on the available information.


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Revision history:

03-May-2015 05:55 Geno Added
04-May-2015 18:44 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
13-May-2015 19:32 Geno Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 13:08 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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