Accident Beechcraft 58TC Baron N581BC,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34905
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Date:Thursday 9 December 1999
Time:18:27 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B58T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 58TC Baron
Owner/operator:Paul A. Pederson
Registration: N581BC
MSN: TK-125
Engine model:Continental TSIO-520-NB C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Hasbrouck Heights, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Ashland, VA (KOFP)
Destination airport:Teterboro, NJ (KTEB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane was vectored for an arrival from the west at night with 10 miles visibility. The pilot was instructed to over-fly the airport at 1,500 feet for left traffic, Runway 19. He descended to 500 feet, and positioned the airplane for a right base to Runway 19. He then made a 180-degree turn to follow another airplane on a right downwind. The local controller then instructed the pilot to fly a 090-degree heading. Witnesses listening on a scanner had observed the airplane make a 180-degree steep turn to the right. After the controller instructed the pilot to fly 090 degrees, they observed the airplane make a steep turn to the left and descend out of view. The airplane struck the side of a residence in an approximate 60-degree left wing low, 30-degree nose down attitude, and a post-crash fire developed. No evidence of a pre-existing mechanical failure or malfunction was found. Radar data revealed the airspeed had decreased from about 180 knots to about 78 knots over 4 minutes. Stall speeds for a 30-degree bank were estimated to be 88 knots with flaps up and 80 knots flaps down.

Probable Cause: the failure of the pilot to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC00FA047
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
14-May-2010 22:50 JINX Updated [Location, Phase]
30-Jun-2013 13:34 JINX Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source]
14-Dec-2017 10:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Apr-2024 16:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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