Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2012 Issue

November 5, 2011, Williston, Fla., Beech D-45 (T-34 Mentor)

The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain at about 1644 Eastern time following loss of control during initial climb. The flight instructor and private pilot were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. According to witnesses, the airplane lifted off after a ground run of approximately 400 feet. It then leveled off and accelerated. At the end of the runway, it pitched up “aggressively” to a 60-to-70-degree nose-up attitude, climbed momentarily, then yawed and rolled to the left while pitching nose down.

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