Preliminary Accident Reports

June 1999 Issue

March 8, North Bend, Ore. / Cessna 421B

At 21:45 PST, a Cessna 421B aborted takeoff from the North Bend Municipal Airport and overran the end of the runway, killing the two occupants. The flight was taking off for Aurora, Ore. Witnesses at various points along the south side of the runway reported that the engines sounded like they were developing full power, and the takeoff roll appeared normal. Four U.S. Coast Guard mechanics were working on the ramp near the end of the runway and reported that the engines sounded normal. One of the mechanics reported that he looked up and saw the aircraft at about 50 feet above ground level, then the engine power decreased on both engines. The mechanic lost sight of the aircraft, but reported t...

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