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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 243730
Last updated: 3 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C414 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 414
Owner/operator:Sierra AE LLC
Registration: N8132Q
MSN: 414-0032
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), FL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:North Palm Beach County Airport, FL (F45)
Destination airport:Columbus Municipal Airport, IN (CLU/KBAK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On October 8, 2020, about 1115 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 414, N8132Q, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), West Palm Beach, Florida. The private pilot and six passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot’s son, a multiengine airplane rated passenger who was seated in the front right seat, his father was flying family members to Claxton-Evans County Airport, Claxton, Georgia, where they planned a fuel stop before proceeding to their home-base of Columbus Municipal Airport, Columbus, Indiana. After the preflight inspection, engine start and taxi, he noted no irregularities when his father performed the engine run-up. His father then taxied onto the runway, checked the trim for takeoff, applied brakes, and advanced the throttles to full power. Once at full rpm, his father released the brakes and the airplane began its takeoff roll. Shortly into the takeoff roll, he felt a momentary “slight shudder” which appeared to come from the controls. As the airplane continued down the runway, he looked out of the window and thought that they should have rotated. He observed that the airspeed indicator showed about 10 to 15 knots past “blueline;” however, the airplane remained on the runway and continued to gain speed.

The airplane was running out of runway, and the pilot’s son attempted to pull back on the control yoke; however, the controls would not move, so he pulled the throttles back to idle and applied maximum braking; he estimated that the airplane’s indicated airspeed was between 120 and 130 knots when the aborted takeoff was initiated. The airplane departed the paved portion of the runway, travelled through the grass and impacted a dirt mound before coming to rest in a marsh.

A witness who observed the takeoff stated, “They were going fast enough to fly, but they weren’t coming up off the ground.” He further stated said the engines never lost power until the pilot shut them off in an attempt to stop.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that it came to rest upright and submerged in about 5 ft of water about 450 ft beyond the departure end of runway 14. The fuselage and cabin area remained relatively intact. The right wing and engine were separated. The right elevator was bent upwards nearly vertical with the vertical stabilizer; the left elevator separated. The left wing and engine remained attached in their respective locations, with the outboard portion of the left wing sheared at the wing tip fuel tank.

The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for additional examination.

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Revision history:

08-Oct-2020 16:20 gerard57 Added
08-Oct-2020 16:45 gerard57 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Phase, Source]
08-Oct-2020 17:39 Captain Adam Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
08-Oct-2020 18:27 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Oct-2020 18:29 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
08-Oct-2020 18:30 RobertMB Updated [Total fatalities]
08-Oct-2020 19:29 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Oct-2020 06:55 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Narrative]
09-Oct-2020 22:52 RobertMB Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Oct-2020 06:23 Anon. Updated [Source]
04-Nov-2020 11:40 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2021 01:08 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]

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