At about 1242 Central time, the airplane experienced a loss of directional control during the initial takeoff and crashed in an open field. Visual conditions prevailed. The airplane sustained substantial damage due to impact and a post-crash fire. The solo airline transport pilot was fatally injured.
One witness reported the accident airplane became airborne just before the intersection of the ramp and runway. After becoming airborne, the witness noted the airplane immediately “got squirrelly” and went to the left. Another witness reported the airplane rolled onto its left side and pitched nose-down, impacting the ground.