NTSB Identification: CEN12LA252
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Englewood, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2014
Aircraft: BEECH P35, registration: N8518M
Injuries: 1 Minor.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that he focused “solely on the airspeed” indicator during takeoff and that the airplane was slow to gain airspeed. He observed the airspeed needle enter the white band and then the bottom of the green band by the end of the runway. The airplane became airborne but did not gain altitude. The pilot saw the perimeter fence, increased the pitch of the airplane, and then heard the stall warning sound. The airplane hit the fence and then impacted the ground, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s failure to abort the takeoff after the airplane failed to gain adequate airspeed.
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