July 31, Xenia, Ohio / Beech Baron


At about 09:00 eastern time, a Beech BE-55 crashed near Xenia, killing the commercial pilot and the multi flight instructor. Witnesses reported hearing engines sputtering and saw the airplane in a flat spin as it descended toward the cornfield. The landing gear and flaps were extended. The left and right throttle levers were found in the idle position. The left mixture control was found in the lean position, and the right mixture was mid-range. The left propeller lever was found in the mid-range position, and the right lever was found just forward of the feather position. The commercial pilot was scheduled for a lesson on engine-out procedures, including the effects of various airspeeds and configurations during engine-out maneuvers and a demonstration of single-engine loss of control.


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