Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2011 Issue

May 11, 2011, Tarentum, Penn., Beech F33A Bonanza

The airplane was substantially damaged during a runway overrun following an aborted takeoff at 0948 Eastern time. Visual conditions prevailed. The private pilot and three passengers were seriously injured. The flight was intended to introduce students to general aviation. According to witnesses, the accident airplane began its takeoff roll at the approach end of the 3550-foot-long runway. The witnesses observed the airplane accelerate down the runway, lift off a few feet and settle back to the runway. The airplane "swerved" as it slowed, then overran the departure end of the runway and 100 feet of the grass overrun area.

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