NTSB Identification: MIA83FA207.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22818.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 17, 1983 in VIEQUES
Aircraft: BEECH A100, registration: N129D
Injuries: 11 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 CRASH LANDED DURING A TOUCH AND GO LANDING. THE PLT SAID THAT THE ACFT WAS CAUGHT IN A WINDSHEAR OR VIOLENT DOWNDRAFT AND WOULD NOT CLIMB. HE DID NOT SAY WHY HE WAS DOING A TOUCH AND GO LANDING WITH 9 PASSENGERS ON BOARD. THE PLTS ACCOUNT OF THE ACCIDENT WAS: AFTER TOUCHDOWN I RAISED THE FLAPS AND SET TAKEOFF POWER. AT 103 KTS AND WITH 500 FT OF RWY REMAINING THE ACFT WAS LIFTED OFF. AT ABOUT 150 FT AGL AND CLIMBING I STARTED TO RAISE LANDING GEAR BUT THE ACFT STARTED TO SINK SO I LEFT GEAR DOWN. THE TREES WERE MOVING VIOLENTLY. I FELT I WAS CAUGHT IN A WINDSHEAR BECAUSE OF A SHARP DROP IN AIRSPEED AND THE ACFT QUIT PERFORMING. THE ACFT CONTINUED SINKING AND I DECIDED ON A CONTROLLED CRASH TO SAVE THE PASSENGERS. A WITNESS STATED HE (THE PLT) TOOK OFF WITHOUT ENOUGH POWER. I SAW THE PLANE WITH ITS NOSE HIGH ANDTAIL LOW AND I LOST THE PLANE WHEN IT WENT INTO THE TREES. THE ACFT HIT SEVERAL CITRUS TREES AT A SHALLOW ANGLE OF DESCENT 1200 FT FROM THE END OF THE RWY. THE ACFT WENT 150 FT THROUGH THE TREES AND 350 FT ON THE GROUND BEFORE STOPPING

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED(VLOF)..BELOW..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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