Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2005 Issue

August 4, 2005, Sinton, Texas / Smith Aerostar 601P

At approximately 0800 Central time, the airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain following a reported loss of engine power shortly after taking off. The Airline Transport pilot and sole occupant sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed for the maintenance check flight; the airplane had not been flown in nearly four years due to a propeller strike requiring extensive maintenance. The pilot stated, prior to takeoff, “[he] noticed the left engine manifold pressure [was] higher than the right engine, and the left engine revolutions per minute (RPM) was approximately 200 RPM lower than the right engine.” The pilot further stated, “this should have been cause for aborting the t...

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