NTSB Identification: LAX87FA085.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36416.
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 13, 1987 in SACRAMENTO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: BEECH F33A, registration: N1067W
Injuries: 4 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.

THE WINDS AT THE AIRPORT HAD BEEN REPORTED AS STRONG AND GUSTING. AFTER HIS PASSENGERS ARRIVED, THE PILOT REQUESTED AND RECEIVED TAXI INSTRUCTIONS TO THE ACTIVE RUNWAY WHICH WAS APRX 3700 FT FROM HIS PARKING SPACE. ABOUT 2-1/2 MINS AFTER RECEIVING HIS TAXI CLEARANCE, THE PILOT REQUESTED AND RECEIVED TAKEOFF INSTRUCTIONS. GROUND WITNESSES STATED THAT AFTER THE AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF, IT CLIMBED TO APRX 100 TO 200 FT, THEN ROLLED LEFT, ENTERED A STEEP DIVE & CRASHED. ABOUT 5 SEC LATER, A POST-CRASH FIRE ERUPTED. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. THE GUST LOCK PIN WAS FOUND NEAR THE CONTROL COLUMN. THE PIN WAS BENT & THE GUST LOCK PIN HOLE IN THE CONTROL COLUMN WAS ELONGATED AS THOUGH IT HAD BEEN FORCED REARWARD WITH THE PIN INSTALLED.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMOVAL OF CONTROL/GUST LOCK(S)..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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