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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On Tucson Fatal Accident

Aircraft Went Down On Airport Property Shortly After Takeoff

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred January 23 destroying a Beechcraft 300 airplane and fatally injuring the two occupants of the aircraft.

According to the report, the airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain during takeoff from Tucson International Airport (KTUS), Tucson, Arizona. The airplane was registered to KAAZ, LLC, and operated as a personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight to Hermosillo (MMHO), Sonora, Mexico. The flight originated from TUS at 1232.

A witness observed the airplane takeoff from runway 11L and rapidly pitch up in the initial climb. At an altitude between 100-150 feet above the runway, the airplane suddenly yawed to the left while maintaining a nose-up pitch attitude. The airplane then appeared to slow down such that he believed it was about to stall. The left wing dropped, and the airplane rolled left and continued as the nose dropped and the airplane struck the ground inverted. Another witness described the airplane yawing from left to right while climbing. The airplane then rolled left and eventually became inverted, in a manner he described as similar to a barrel roll. The airplane then exited his field of view.

After impact, the airplane slid about 650 feet across the ramp on a 060-degree magnetic heading before it collided with an 8-feet tall concrete wall.

The wreckage has been recovered for further examination.

(Source: NTSB. Image from file)

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