Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2003 Issue

March 30, Coalinga, Calif. / Beech 19A

At about 1816 Pacific time, a Beech 19A struck terrain at the departure end of runway 14 at Harris Ranch Airport. The pilot and the passenger/owner were not injured. The pilot set 10 degrees of flaps for takeoff from the 2,820-foot runway. The “aircraft was slow to climb” and once the airplane was airborne, he raised the flaps. The airplane settled and collided with the ground. Additionally, the pilot said that the stall horn was operating throughout the flight....

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