MIA98WA042
MIA98WA042

On December 6, 1997, about 0815 eastern standard time, a Socata TB-20 Trinidad, N52CJ, registered to a private individual, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed into trees and brush attempting takeoff from Edward Bodden Airfield, Little Cayman Island, Cayman Islands. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft received substantial damage, the private rated pilot was uninjured, and a passenger sustained minor injuries. This was the origination of a planned two-leg return to the United States. The pilot stated he was conscious of the rough gravel runway surface, and in his efforts to lighten nose wheel weight-on-gear during takeoff roll he "rotated slightly early" and experienced an immediate stall warning and left drift into wet grass. Once in the wet grass, he lost directional control, aborted his takeoff, had trouble getting stopped, and collided with trees and brush to the left of the runway.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Director, Civil Aviation Authority of Cayman Islands. This report is filed for informational purposes only and contains only that information released by the Cayman Island authorities. For additional information contact:

Director, Civil Aviation Authority Mr. Richard Smith P. O. Box 277 Georgetown, Grand Cayman (345) 949-7811

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