NTSB Identification: ATL82FA208
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 24, 1982 in SYLVA, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/24/1983
Aircraft: BEECH B-60, registration: N6648X
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 AIRCRAFT CRASHED DURING TAKEOFF AFTER THE PILOT REPORTED A LOSS OF POWER ON THE LEFT ENGINE. THE AIRCRAFT SLID TO A STOP ABOUT 600 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE DEPARTURE END OF RUNWAY 32. THE PILOTS STATEMENT AND PHYSICAL EVIDENCE DO NOT CORRELATE. THE PROP MARKS ON THE RUNWAY AND THE SCRATCHES ON THE FUSELAGE INDICATE BOTH ENGINES WERE WORKING AND THAT THE PROBLEM WAS PREMATURE RETRACTION OF THE LANDING GEAR ALLOWING THE AIRCRAFT TO SETTLE AND STRIKE THE RUNWAY.

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

GEAR RETRACTION..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RUNWAY


Contributing Factors

ABORTED TAKEOFF..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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