NTSB Identification: LAX03LA120.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 30, 2003 in Coalinga, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/01/2004
Aircraft: Beech 19A, registration: N7610R
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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During the takeoff initial climb the airplane collided with terrain at the departure end of the runway. The pilot set 10 degrees of flaps for takeoff from the 2,820-foot runway. He rotated at 60 mph and once the airplane was airborne he noticed that the "aircraft was slow to climb." He leveled the nose, and gradually raised the flaps. The airplane settled, collided with the ground, and came to rest just past the end of the runway in an onion field. The pilot said the aural stall warning was operating throughout the attempted climb out. The Beechcraft Musketeer Sport III, Model 19A, Owner's Manual states that there are 3 flap settings; 15 degrees, 25 degrees, and 35 degrees. It states the following takeoff procedure, "After the airplane breaks ground, lower the nose slightly and let the airplane accelerate to the desired climb speed." Additionally, takeoff speed for 15 degrees of flaps is 60 mph, and 75 mph for no flaps. No anomalies were found during a post accident test run of the engine.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to obtain/maintain an adequate airspeed, which resulted in a stall/mush. Full narrative available
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