On June 21, 2000, at 1230 eastern daylight time, a Beech BE-19B, N25FD, collided with the runway shortly after liftoff on runway 36, at the Vandenberg Airport, in Tampa, Florida. The airplane was operated by the private pilot under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 and visual flight rules. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight plan was filed. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, with an intended destination of Mobile, Alabama. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated that the engine quit shortly after takeoff, and the pilot-rated passenger said the engine lost power. Both stated that the airplane collided with the runway during the attempted forced landing. According to a pilot witness who observed the takeoff, the airplane took off in a nose high attitude, climbed to about 75 feet and stalled back onto the runway, collapsing the right main and nose landing gear.
An FAA Inspector who examined the accident site and airplane, stated that the airplane impacted on the runway center line followed by the collapse of the nose gear assembly. Further examination of the accident site revealed that there were main landing gear tire marks and two propeller strikes in the runway pavement. On June 30, 2000, the airplane's engine was run, the engine motored using the aircraft starter. The engine started and ran at idle for about one minute, and the engine power check produced 2360 rpm and the oil pressure registered normal.
A review of current weather information revealed that conditions were favorable for the formation of carburetor ice. The pilot reported that he had not accumulated any flight time in the accident type airplane.