Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2008 Issue

December 4, 2007, New Castle, Del., Beech 60 Duke

At 0722 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain while taking off. The commercial pilot and sole occupant was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. A witness observed the accident airplane in the engine run-up area. The run-up appeared normal; however, the witness noted that the airplane’s flaps were extended. After the run-up, the airplane taxied toward the runway with both flaps still extended. After takeoff, the airplane’s initial climbout was "normal" until it was 50 to 70 feet in the air. The airplane then entered a "slight" left bank, then made a "steep climb" to 250 to 300 feet. As it climbed, the angle of bank appeared to increase. As the airplane reached the top of its climb, the nose "came down and went straight into the ground." Upon impact, a postcrash fire ensued.

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