NTSB Identification: CEN13FA137
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Mangum, OK
Aircraft: BEECH 95-B55 (T42A), registration: N143E
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 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.

On January 19, 2013, about 1700 central standard time, a Beechcraft Barron B55, airplane, N143E, impacted terrain near Mangum, Oklahoma. The commercial rated pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to JS Leasing, LLC, Mangum, Oklahoma and operated by a private individual. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and operated without a flight plan for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight originated from the Scott Field Airport (2K4), Mangum, Oklahoma, at an unknown time.

According to persons familiar with the flight, the airplane had just completed its annual maintenance inspection. The pilot started the airplane and did a taxi test down the runway, before stopping and picking up the two passengers; the flight then departed.

Witnesses reported hearing a pitch change in the sound of an airplane so they turned, and saw an airplane. They added that it sounded like the airplane “sputtered” , before it nosed over and entered a spin, which appeared to flatten out before the airplane collided with the ground.

The airplane came to rest upright in an open ranch land approximately five and a half miles northwest of 2K4. The airplane remained relatively intact; both propellers had separated and were approximately 3 feet in front of their respective engines. The surround area was absent any ground scars, consistent with the airplane impacting terrain with little forward velocity. First responders reported fuel on site and a post-impact fire erupted when they tried to cut the battery cable. The fire was extinguished, before it could consume the wreckage.

After documentation of the site, the wreckage was recovered for further examination.

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