On August 4, 1994, about 1500 mountain daylight time, a Beech B33, N786AA, was destroyed when it struck a tree and crashed on takeoff from a private airstrip near Imperial, Nebraska. The private pilot received minor injuries, and the single passenger aboard the airplane received serious injuries in the postcrash fire. There was no flight plan for the business flight, and visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated he was attempting to make a soft field takeoff to the south. The runway was a 30 x 2600 grass strip. He reported the wind was from the east at 3-5 knots, and a small thunderstorm was to the north of the airstrip. He stated the airplane became airborne at approximately 60 mph, and attained an altitude of about 5-10 feet. At this altitude the stall warning sounded and the airplane settled to the ground.
The pilot stated the airplane became airborne a second time, and crossed the fence on the left side of the runway. The airplane struck a tree located on the left side of the runway and crashed. The airplane was destroyed by a postcrash fire.