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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37778
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Date:07-JUL-1994
Time:08:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A36 Bonanza
Owner/operator:C & H Aviation Services
Registration: N107JT
C/n / msn: E-841
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Wichita, KS -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:(3KM)
Destination airport:Colorado Spring, CO (COS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
WITNESSES REPORTED THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED ON RUNWAY 18 AT THE SAME TIME A STRONG NORTHERLY GUST FRONT ARRIVED AT THE AIRPORT. REFLECTIVITY PLOTS RECORDED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACILITY IN WICHITA, KANSAS, SHOW A LEVEL 6 THUNDERSTORM WAS ADJACENT TO THE AIRPORT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT WITH AN ABRUPT WIND SHIFT AND GUSTS TO 58 KNOTS. ONE WITNESS SAID THE AIRPLANE NOSE PITCHED UP AND THE LEFT WING DROPPED AS IF THE AIRPLANE WAS GOING TO ENTER A SPIN. HE SAID THE ENGINE SOUNDED LIKE IT WAS PRODUCING FULL POWER. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF PREIMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. THE WEIGHT OF THE AIRPLANE WAS 183 POUNDS IN EXCESS OF THE MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT AND THE CENTER OF GRAVITY WAS AFT OF THE LIMIT SPECIFIED IN THE PILOT OPERATING HANDBOOK FOR THE MAXIMUM GROSS WEIGHT. CAUSE: the pilot's attempt to take off into known adverse weather and the subsequent stall. Factors were the thunderstorm, the tailwind, and the excessive airplane gross weight and aft center of gravity.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001206X01683


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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