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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 3497
Last updated: 29 April 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE58 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 58 Baron
Owner/operator:Rupp Automotive
Registration: N1553W
C/n / msn: TH-240
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chillicothe, MO -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Chillicothe Municipal Airport, MO
Destination airport:Kansas City, MO
Investigating agency: NTSB
A Beechcraft Baron 58 crashed after takeoff from the Chillicothe Municipal Airport, Missouri. All occupants, the pilot and five passengers, died in the crash. The aircraft was destroyed.
At the airport, the night sky was dark but clear and the visibility was about 15 miles. After takeoff, the aircraft climbed to an altitude of between 50 and 100 feet above the runway where the left engine failed. The aircraft turned to the left, descended abruptly into a field, exploded, and burned.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the sudden failure of the airplane's left engine at a point on the takeoff flightpath where the airplane's single-engine performance in the takeoff configuration and its height above the ground combined to make the pilot's ability to sustain flight marginal.
The pilot's failure to retract the landing gear and control the airplane to maintain a safe airspeed contributed to the accident and were factors in causing the high acceleration loads when the airplane struck the ground.



Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-77-43 issued 14 June 1977 by NTSB
Safety recommendation A-77-44 issued 14 June 1977 by NTSB

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
11-Jun-2011 12:19 Anon. Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature]
16-Feb-2020 11:20 harro Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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