NTSB Identification: MKC83FA094.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22027.
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 26, 1983 in WITCHITA, KS
Aircraft: CESSNA CE-500, registration: N22FM
Injuries: 2 Minor,3 Uninjured.

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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND DURING TAKEOFF. THE FUEL TANK IN THE RIGHT WING RUPTURED AND THE ACFT BURNED WHILE SLIDING TO A STOP. THE DAY BEFORE THE ACCIDENT THE ACFT WAS WASHED AND THE THRUST REVERSER DOORS WERE POLISHED. AFTER THE SERVICE, THE REVERSER DOORS CIRCUIT BREAKERS WHICH HAD BEEN PULLED WERE NOT RESET. IT WAS COMPANY POLICY TO LEAVE CIRCUIT BREAKERS OUT THAT WERE PULLED DURING SERVICING. PRIOR TO FLT, THE ACFT WAS LOADED AND THE ENGINES STARTED. THE REVERSED UNLOCK LIGHTS ON BOTH REVERSER ANNUNCIATOR PANELS ILLUMINATED. THE PILOT DISCUSSED THE SITUATION WITH THE CO-PLT AND ELECTED TO GO. HE PUSHED THE LIGHT ASSEMBLIES WHICH UNLATCHED THE LIGHT HOUSING AND PUT OUT THE 'UNLOCK' LIGHTS. AFTER TAKEOFF WHILE THE GEAR WAS RETRACTING THE ACFT YAWED RIGHT AND IMPACTED THE GROUND. ALL OCCUPANTS EVACUATED AND AFTER THE FIRE WAS PUT OUT A CESSNA ACFT INVESTIGATOR OBSERVED THE TWO THRUST REVERSER CIRCUIT BREAKERS IN THE 'OUT', OPEN POSITION AND PARTIALLY COVERED BY A FLT CHART. BOTH THRUST REVERSERS WERE DEPLOYED.

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

THRUST REVERSER,DOOR..UNLOCKED

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

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

THRUST REVERSER,DOOR..DEPLOYED INADVERTENTLY

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,CIRCUIT BREAKER..POPPED/TRIPPED

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ANNUNCIATOR PANEL LIGHT(S)..SWITCHED OFF

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

CHECKLIST..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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