Preliminary Accident Reports

September 1999 Issue

June 6, Boonville, N.Y. / Beech 35 Bonanza

At 14:37 EDT, a Beech Bonanza struck trees after takeoff from the Boonville Airport. The pilot received minor injuries, two passengers were not injured and the airplane was destroyed by a post-crash fire. The pilot said the winds were out of the south and the windsock looked like it was favoring runway 31, but it wasn’t. “I took it off the runway too slow and the torque just took over. I could feel it happening and I was wondering, ‘What are you doing?’ I thought as I gained airspeed, I would gain rudder control, which I did, but by that time I was off the side of the runway.”...

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