Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2008 Issue

December 10, 2007, Salmon, Idaho, Beech 200

At 0752 Mountain time, the airplane collided with a hangar and was destroyed while attempting to return to its departure airport immediately after takeoff. The commercial pilot and one passenger received fatal injuries; two other passengers were uninjured. The flight was departing in a snowstorm of varying intensity and had been instructed to maintain VFR until it was able to contact ATC to open an IFR flight plan. There was no report of an ELT activation. According to the two surviving passengers, the aircraft entered a series of steep banks immediately after liftoff, and seemed to be unable to climb. Although the aircraft was shaking and shuddering, the pilot was eventually able to make a left turn and maneuver the aircraft to a downwind leg on the west side of the airport.

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