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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43999
Last updated: 23 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft S35 Bonanza
Registration: N5852S
C/n / msn: D-7747
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lake City, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Lake City, FL (FL27)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The evening prior to the accident, the 81-year old pilot introduced a mixture of hydraulic fluid and lacquer thinner into the engine to free up some "stuck valves." The following morning, he taxied the airplane to the grass runway on the airpark where he lived. He performed a lengthy runup and unintentionally became airborne, shortly after which the airplane rolled to the right and struck trees prior to impacting the ground. He had been treated for a number of ongoing medical issues, and did not have a current medical certificate, He had high blood pressure, recent evidence of some previous asymptomatic strokes, had recently complained of persistent knee pain following a right knee replacement, and was on a blood thinner. The pilot may have been unable to maintain control of the aircraft during the engine run-up due to knee pain or may have suffered a sudden hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke into the brain, made considerably more likely by his age, his high blood pressure and his continued use of a blood thinner.
Probable Cause: A loss of control during an unintentional takeoff for an undetermined reason.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
31-Dec-2018 20:29 liamdaniel98 Updated [Narrative]

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