Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2001 Issue

Nov. 26, Preston, Minn. / Smith Aerostar

At 10:00 central time, a Smith 60-601P struck trees during initial climb from runway 28 at Fillmore County Airport. The pilot and passenger reported no injuries. The pilot reported, “I initiated the takeoff on runway 28, accelerated to 100 MPH, rotated & lifted off. The gear and flaps were raised, and the aircraft stopped accelerating at about 112-115 MPH. I lowered the nose to pick up some speed, but it still wouldn’t accelerate. I could see the trees approaching west of the airport and knew I didn’t have climb speed, but also knew there was no choice but to pull up & hope I didn’t stall. I pulled up sharply, but clipped the tops of the trees, the airspeed was still at 115 MPH IAS with 12+...

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