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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34694
Last updated: 23 February 2020
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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: N48MD
C/n / msn: 61P-0492-201
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Sierra Blanca Regional Airport - KSRR, Ruidoso, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:SRR
Destination airport:Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot departed on runway 06 with zero degrees of flaps. A witness said that she noticed that the airplane appeared to wobble and shudder, and immediately went into a steep right bank turn right after takeoff. The airplane then went into the clouds which were 200 to 400 feet agl. Radar data indicated that the airplane made several 90 degree turns prior to impacting the mountainous terrain 2.55 nm from the departure end of the runway. The pilot normally used 20 degrees of flaps for takeoff. A test pilot said that the airplane handles significantly different during takeoff if zero degrees of flaps are used verses 20 degrees of flaps. The upper cabin's entry door was found, with the locking handle and locking pins, in the closed position. No preimpact engine or airframe anomalies, which might have affected the airplane's performance, were identified.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control for undetermined reason. A factor was the low ceiling IMC weather condition.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
28-Feb-2012 09:11 RobertMB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
26-Nov-2017 12:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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