Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2000 Issue

May 30, Smyrna, Tenn. / Beech Sundowner

At about 15:15 CDT, the pilot and instructor aboard a Beech C23 were killed after losing control during takeoff following a touch-and-go landing. A tower controller saw the airplane climb to approximately 200 feet, then bank to the left and pitch nose down. One witness reported that the engine was sputtering and another witness said there was no engine sound during the descent. The left wing fuel tank was ruptured and there was evidence of fuel leakage at the crash site. Approximately 4 gallons of fuel were drained from the right wing fuel tank....

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