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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35241
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Date:08-JUN-1993
Time:05:02
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft E18S
Owner/operator:Active Aero Charter
Registration: N51FG
C/n / msn: BA-324
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Ypsilanti, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Louisville, KY (SDF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PILOT WAS CONDUCTING HIS INITIAL REVENUE AND SOLO FLIGHT FOR THIS COMPANY, IN THIS TYPE OF AIRPLANE. THE WEATHER FOR TAKEOFF INCLUDED FOG AND LOW CEILINGS. THE AIRPLANE WAS EQUIPPED WITH A PRIMARY (LEFT) ATTITUDE INDICATOR WHICH WAS ELECTRICALLY OPERATED VIA AN INDEPENDENT SWITCH. THIS AIRCRAFT WAS THE ONLY SUCH AIRPLANE OPERATED BY THIS COMPANY, WITH AN INDEPENDENT SWITCH CONFIGURATION FOR THE PRIMARY ATTITUDE INDICATOR. THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN ON THE AIRPORT, JUST AFTER TAKEOFF. SUBSEQUENT EXAMINATION REVEALED NO ANOMALIES WITH THE ENGINES OR AIRFRAME. THE PRIMARY ATTITUDE INDICATOR WAS LOCATED. ON EXAMINATION IT WAS FOUND TO HAVE A MALFUNCTIONING ON/OFF FLAG WHICH GAVE THE INDICATION OF BEING OPERATIVE REGARDLESS OF POWER TO THE UNIT. NO ROTATIONAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED WITHIN THE GYRO HOUSING. CAUSE: THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT PREPARATION, FALSE INDICATION (ON/OFF) OF ATTITUDE INDICATOR, AND ATTITUDE INDICATOR SWITCHED OFF. FACTORS WERE FOG, LOW CEILING, THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S IMPROPER USE OF THE ATTITUDE INDICATOR, AND HIS LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN THE TYPE OF AIRPLANE.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X12548


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