NTSB Identification: FTW99FA177.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 02, 1999 in BATON ROUGE, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/20/2001
Aircraft: Beech V35, registration: N5608S
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Immediately after liftoff, the 3,950-hour commercial pilot retracted the landing gear. About 150 to 200 feet agl, the airplane made a steep right bank in a 'slight' nose high attitude. The airplane then rolled back to approximately a wings level attitude and began to 'fishtail' in a nose high attitude. The engine sounded to be at 'full power.' Witnesses then observed the airplane bank left, then right, and then back to the left with its nose down. The witnesses reported that the airplane impacted the ground in a near vertical nose down attitude, then burst into flames. No structural or mechanical anomalies were observed during the post accident examination of the airplane.

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

The pilot's performance of an abrupt maneuver immediately after takeoff, which resulted in an inadvertent stall.

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