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Accident Report Detail

Air South, Inc., Beechcraft B-99, N844NS

Executive Summary

An Air South, Inc., Beechcraft E99, N844NS, crashed near Monroe,Georgia, at approximiitely 2122 eastern daylight time, July 6, 1969. The aircraft, operating as Air South Flight 168, was en route from Atlanta, Georgia, to Greer, South Carolina. The 12 passengers and two crewmembers received fatal injuries in the accident and the aircraft was destroyed.

An eyewitness to the accident stated that the aircraft descended in a near-vertical dive, with no change in attitude after it had nosed down. The weather in the accident area was reported to be clear and the wind was calm.

Probable Cause

The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was an unwanted change in l atudinal trim which resulted in a nosedown high-speed flight condition that was beyond the physical capability of the pilots to overcome. The initiating element in the accident sequence could not be specifically determined. However, the design of the aircraft flight control system was conducive to malfunctions which, if undetected by the crew, could lead to a loss of control.

Accident Location: Monroe , GA    
Accident Date: 7/6/1969
Accident ID: DCA70A0001

Date Adopted: 8/26/1970
NTSB Number: AAR-70-18
NTIS Number: PB-195717

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