NTSB Identification: NYC07FA096.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 18, 2007 in Saranac Lake, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/28/2008
Aircraft: Beech 95-B55, registration: N868ST
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

Upon takeoff, the twin-engine airplane abruptly climbed, and 300 to 500 feet in the air, made a sharp left turn and descended nose-down into the ground. Examinations of the wreckage and engines revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. There were also no medical anomalies noted with the pilot. The pilot was the owner of the airplane, and held a private pilot certificate with a single engine land rating. No records could be found to substantiate the pilot's currency.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed during initial climb after takeoff, which resulted in an inadvertent stall.

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