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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27285
Last updated: 17 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft E18S
Owner/operator:Charles T. Madsen
Registration: N686Q
C/n / msn: BA-400
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Juneau, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Juneau, AK (JUN)
Destination airport:
The certificated airline transport pilot was departing on a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. The purpose of the flight was to deliver a load of wooden roofing shakes to a friend's remote lodge. Witnesses reported that just after takeoff, as the airplane climbed to about 200 to 300 feet above the ground, the airplane abruptly pitched up about 70 degrees, and drifted to the right. The airplane continued to turn to the right as the nose of the airplane lowered momentarily. As the airplane flew very slowly the landing gear was extended. The nose of the airplane pitched up again, the right wing dropped, and the airplane descended. One witness described the descent as: "The wings rocked back and forth as it descended, like a card in the wind, with the nose of the airplane slightly higher." The airplane impacted shallow water in an area of tidal mud flats. A postaccident investigation revealed that the estimated gross weight of the airplane at takeoff was 11,500.8 pounds, 1,400.8 pounds in excess of the airplane's maximum takeoff gross weight. The airplane's center of gravity could not be calculated due to the fact that the exact location/station of the cargo could not be determined. Examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical anomalies.

Probable Cause: The pilot's excessive loading of the airplane that precipitated an inadvertent stall/mush during the initial climb.



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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
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]
09-Dec-2017 16:06 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Oct-2018 07:59 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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