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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21769
Last updated: 31 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A36 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Harlan Northcott
Registration: N36CL
C/n / msn: E-1980
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Vandenberg airport, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Tampa, FL (VDF)
Destination airport:Stuart, FL (SUA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot attempted a takeoff from runway 5, a 5,000-foot-long runway. The winds at the time of the accident were from 220 degrees at 6 knots. A witness observed the airplane taking off on the last one-third of the runway. The airplane's landing gear was observed to be retracted as the airplane drifted left of the runway and the right wing tip collided with an instrument landing system (ILS) glideslope antenna. The airplane impacted the ground and ultimately came to rest right side up, immediately catching fire. The ILS glideslope antenna was located 212 feet left of the runway 5 centerline and 3,461 feet from the runway 5 threshold. The exact takeoff roll start point on the last one-third of the runway was not determined. Examination of the airplane structure, flight controls, systems, engine assemblies, and accessories, revealed no evidence of precrash mechanical failure or malfunction.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper decision to take off with a tailwind and his failure to maintain runway alignment during initial takeoff climb.



Revision history:

19-Jul-2008 10:39 Fusko Added
20-Jul-2008 00:24 Fusko Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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