NYC03FA001
NYC03FA001

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On October 2, 2002, about 1540 eastern daylight time, a Beagle Aircraft B.206 Basset, N72KB, was destroyed after impacting terrain in West Carrollton, Ohio, after departing from the Moraine Airpark (I73), Moraine, Ohio. The certificated airline transport pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed for the ferry flight destined for the Easton Airport (ESN), Easton, Maryland. The flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot had applied for, and was granted, a ferry permit to fly the airplane to ESN the day of the accident.

According to the operations manager of a fixed based operator at I73, the accident airplane arrived at the airport about the middle of April 2002, and was parked. The airplane remained at the airport until the day of the accident. The operations manager additionally stated that he did not observe the airplane fly at any time while at the airport.

On the day of the accident, a mechanic was asked by the pilot to help him because he was having trouble starting the airplane. When the mechanic arrived at the airplane, he drained about 2-1/2 gallons of water from the center sump drain located under the main fuselage. After draining the water, the pilot successfully started the left engine, and subsequently shut it down.

The airplane was then fueled at 1300, with 224.5 gallons of 100 low lead aviation gasoline.

The mechanic added that he did not sump the airplane after it was fueled, nor did he observe the pilot perform visual inspection of the fuel.

A witness, who was a pilot, observed the accident airplane as it was departing from runway 26, a 3,500-foot long asphalt runway. He stated that the airplane's engines sounded like they were running good, but did not sound like they were developing full power. As the airplane continued down the runway, it appeared to be traveling very slowly, and not gaining sufficient speed for takeoff. The airplane lifted abruptly into the air about 3/4 of the way down the runway, and the landing gear was retracted. The airplane settled towards the ground, clearing the levee located at the departure end of the runway by a few feet. The airplane then began a climb again, reaching a height of about 120 feet, and proceeded straight out from the airport. About 30 seconds later, the airplane banked gently to the left, where a faint puff of black smoke was observed coming from an engine. As the bank continued, the airplane descended into a near vertical dive. The witness observed the top portion of the airplane as it was in the vertical dive, before it descended out of sight. The witness also recalled that the propellers sounded like they were synched, and were not making any abnormal noises.

The airplane came to rest upright in a residential area about 1 mile southwest of I73, and a post crash fire ensued. The post crash fire also damaged two residential homes and a parked car.

The accident occurred during the hours of daylight, at 39 degrees, 40.39 minutes north longitude, 084 degrees, 15.21 minutes west latitude.

PILOT INFORMATION

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with ratings for airplane multi-engine land. He also held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land. The pilot's most recent application for an FAA first class medical certificate was dated on August 1, 2001. The pilot reported a total of 27,560 hours of total flight experience on the application.

The pilot's logbook was not obtained during the investigation.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on March 29, 2001.

While the airplane was parked at I73, maintenance was performed on the left engine to "trouble-shoot and resolve" a problem reported by the pilot. The pilot informed the mechanics that would work on the engine that "his experts" determined the problem was with the engine causing oil blow-by from the crankcase. After completing the maintenance, the mechanics determined that the engine was not the problem, it was the previous installation of an STC'd oil filter kit by another maintenance facility. The engine was then test ran, and "all systems appeared to function OK."

The airplane's logbooks were not obtained during the investigation.

The total fuel capacity for both wing tanks was 230 gallons.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

The weather reported at the James M. Cox Dayton International Airport, Dayton, Ohio, at 1554, included winds from 220 degrees at 14 knots; 10 statute miles of visibility; few clouds at 3,800 feet; temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit; a dew point of 64 degrees Fahrenheit; and an altimeter setting of 30.06 inches of mercury.

WRECKAGE INFORMATION

The accident site was disturbed prior to the arrival of Safety Board personnel due to emergency rescue procedures. In addition, the area was subject to water and firefighting agents to contain the post crash fire.

The first impact area was located in the front yard of one of the residential homes. It consisted of two craters, containing the left and right propeller assemblies, and two 5-inch wide, 3-inch deep impressions in the ground. The impressions were about 15 feet in length, and were orientated about a heading of 290 degrees magnetic.

About 24 feet beyond the edge of the left impression was a 3-foot section of the left outboard wingtip. About 75 feet beyond the right impression was a 3-foot section of the right outboard wingtip, which came to rest in a road.

The main wreckage came to rest on a 245-degree magnetic heading, on top of a concrete sidewalk, about 32 feet behind the first impact point. It was comprised of remnants from the cockpit, main cabin, empennage, left engine, left inboard wing section, horizontal stabilizer, elevator, vertical stabilizer, rudder, right engine, and right inboard wing section.

Impact forces and fire damage destroyed all engine instruments recovered in the wreckage. No intact flight instruments or navigational radios were recovered.

Both flight control yokes displayed impact and fire damage, and had separated from the airframe.

Due to impact and fire damage, the throttle levers, propeller control levers, mixture control levers, landing gear selector handle, landing gear position indicators, elevator trim control, rudder trim control, aileron trim control, trim indicators, cowl flap switches, and cowl flap indicators, were not identified.

The left and right engines and propeller assemblies were examined on October 4, 2002, and no mechanical abnormalities were noted.

The left engine propeller assembly, which was imbedded in a dirt crater, exhibited rearward bending to all three blades. No chordwise scratching was observed on any of the blades. Red dyed oil was observed draining from the hub assembly. The propeller spinner cap remained attached to the assembly, and was crushed upward and inward.

The right engine propeller assembly, which was imbedded in a cement sidewalk crater, exhibited s-bending and chordwise scratches to all three blades. Red dyed oil was observed draining from the hub assembly. The propeller spinner cap remained attached to the assembly, and was crushed upward and inward.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

The Montgomery County, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Dayton, Ohio, performed an autopsy on the pilot, on October 3, 2002.

The FAA Toxicology and Accident Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma conducted toxicological testing on the pilot.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Fuel

An FAA inspector examined fuel sample reports from the airport fuel pump, and the fuel farm tank. No abnormalities were noted with the samples.

Wreckage Release

The airplane wreckage was released on October 4, 2002, to a representative of a recovery company.

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