SEA08LA024
SEA08LA024

On November 11, 2007, at 1555 Pacific standard time, an unregistered Titan Tornado airplane, serial number 12JBC, impacted the terrain after departing controlled flight during the initial takeoff climb at McMinnville Municipal Airport, McMinnville, Oregon. The non-certificated individual who was piloting the airplane received serious injuries, and the airplane, which was owned by an acquaintance of the pilot, sustained substantial damage. The local 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight was being initiated in visual meteorological conditions. No flight plan had been filed.

According to witnesses, after reaching an airspeed of about 25 to 30 miles per hour, the airplane lifted off the surface about 1,200 feet down runway 17. After the airplane had climbed about 30 feet above ground level (agl), its pitch attitude increased sharply, it appeared to stall, and it rolled over and descended into the runway surface.

According to the individual piloting the airplane, he was testing it for the owner. After takeoff, it climbed at a steeper angle than he had expected, and due to his unfamiliarity with this airplane, he was unable to make flight control inputs that allowed him to maintain control. He further stated that after the nose got too high, he could not keep the airplane from rolling over and descending into the runway. The pilot did not submit an NTSB Form 6120.1.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration Investigator who responded to the scene, there was no evidence of any anomaly or malfunction associated with the airplane's airframe or flight control system.

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