NTSB Identification: CHI93LA162.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 05, 1993 in THEODOSIA, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1994
Aircraft: BEECH A33-35, registration: N397Z
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Serious.

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THE PILOT INITIATED THE TAKEOFF TO THE WEST ON A DOWNHILL RUNWAY WITH A TAILWIND OF APPROXIMATELY 9 KNOTS. UPON REACHING 200 FEET AGL, THE PILOT REPORTED A LOSS IN POWER AND WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE. A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE INTO TREES. THE AIRPLANE SETTLED TO THE TERRAIN IN AN INVERTED POSITION AND A POST IMPACT FIRE ERUPTED. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION FAILED TO REVEAL ANY FAILURE/MALFUCNTION OF THE AIRCRAFT OR ENGINE WHICH WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN A LOSS OF POWER. JUST PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT, THE PILOT AVOIDED TAKING OFF FROM ANOTHER AIRPORT WITH THIS PASSENGER LOAD DUE TO WEIGHT CONCERNS.

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

POOR PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION BY THE PILOT. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE THE TAILWIND, A HEAVY WEIGHT LOAD, AND UNSUITABLE TERRAIN IN WHICH TO LAND THE AIRPLANE.

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