NTSB Identification: ATL85LA199.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28173.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 30, 1985 in SAVANNAH, GA
Aircraft: BEECH 55, registration: N2781F
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

BEFORE TAKING OFF, THE PLT CHECKED THE TRIM & THE AUTO-PLT. DURING THE TAKEOFF RUN, HE NOTED THAT THE 'AIRCRAFT FELT HEAVY ON ROTATION/TAKEOFF ABORTED.' THE ACFT CONTINUED OFF THE END OF THE RWY, HIT A MOUND OF DIRT & WAS DAMAGED. A POST-ACCIDENT EXAM REVEALED THAT BOTH THE AUTO-PLT & ELECTRICAL TRIM WERE ON & THE ELEVATOR TRIM WAS IN THE FULL NOSE DOWN TRIM POSITION. ACCORDING TO THE OPERATOR'S MANUAL, THE AUTO-PLT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE OFF POSITION FOR TAKEOFF. NOT ALL OF THE RWY WAS AVAILABLE FOR TAKEOFF; THE PLT HAD 3800 FT REMAINING FROM WHERE HE BEGAN HIS TAKEOFF ROLL.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AUTOPILOT/FLIGHT DIRECTOR..ENGAGED

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

TRIM SETTING..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT



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