Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2000 Issue

March 30, Hanford, Calif. / Commander 114

At 12:02 PST, a Commander 114 struck a pole after takeoff from Hanford Municipal Airport. The pilot and three passengers died. The airport manager said he watched the airplane on its takeoff roll and noticed that, when the Commander was half-way down the 3,962-foot runway the nosewheel still had not lifted off. He said it appeared the pilot “jerked” or “horsed” the airplane into the air at the end of the runway without sufficient speed to fly. Just over a mile from the runway, the airplane collided with a telephone pole at a point 36 feet off the ground....

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