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Last updated: 18 January 2022
Datum:Freitag 13 Januar 2017
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Fluggesellschaft:Optimal Aviation Services
Kennzeichen: N795DE
Werknummer: BB-1510
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Sachschaden: Schwer beschädigt
Unfallort:Five Point-Agro-West Airport, CA (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Flug von:Five Point-Agro-West Airport, CA, USA
Flug nach:Visalia Airport, CA (VIS/KVIS), USA
The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll on a narrow runway about 70 to 80 knots, he noticed that the engines were not at full power. He advanced the throttles "a little further," but when he did so, the left main landing gear dropped off the left side of the runway into soft mud. Subsequently, the airplane veered off the runway to the left, the nose gear collapsed, and the airplane stopped in the mud.
The fuselage and engine firewalls sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff.



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Five Point-Agro-West Airport, CA to Visalia Airport, CA as the crow flies is 76 km (48 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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