NTSB Identification: FTW95LA180.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 24, 1995 in MCGEHEE, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/1995
Aircraft: BEECH D35, registration: N2920B
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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TEN MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF THE ENGINE'S OIL PRESSURE BEGAN TO FLUCTUATE. THE PILOT RETURNED TO MCGEHEE AIRPORT, AND ATTEMPTED TO LAND AT THE UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT ON RUNWAY 18 AS ANOTHER AIRPLANE WAS TAKING OFF ON RUNWAY 36. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE INTENTIONALLY SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE WHEN THE RUNWAY COULD BE MADE. THE PILOT MADE A RIGHT TURN TO AVOID THE AIRPLANE ON TAKEOFF AND ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO RUNWAY 18. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE GROUND 50 FEET PRIOR TO THE RUNWAY, AND CAME TO REST ON THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT OF THE AIRCRAFT WHICH WAS TAKING OFF FROM RUNWAY 36 OBSERVED N2920B APPROACHING RUNWAY 18 BANKING 'BACK AND FORTH', ABOUT '30 DEGREES EITHER DIRECTION. IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT THEY WERE TOO HIGH AND FAST TO LAND.' HALFWAY DOWN THE RUNWAY, THE AIRCRAFT 'INITIATED A STEEP RIGHT BANK' TO THE WEST, AND THEN WAS OBSERVED MAKING A 'KNIFE EDGE BANK' TO THE EAST AT AN 'EXTREMELY LOW' ALTITUDE. NO RADIO CALL DECLARING AN EMERGENCY WAS HEARD. THE AIRPLANE'S OIL SUMP DRAIN WAS FOUND OPEN, APPROXIMATELY ONE QUART OF OIL IN THE ENGINE, AND THERE WAS OIL ON THE BELLY OF THE AIRPLANE. THE ENGINE'S OIL HAD BEEN CHANGED RECENTLY BY THE PILOT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT INTENTIONALLY SHUTTING DOWN THE AIRPLANE'S ENGINE. A FACTOR WAS THE PILOT'S IMPROPER MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES.

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