March 30, Tavernier, Fla. / Beech Bonanza


At about 0615 eastern time, a Beech A36 crashed during takeoff at Tavernaero Park. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger/owner received minor injuries and two other passengers received no injuries. The pilot said he was operating the flight controls during the takeoff roll when suddenly a dog appeared in front of the airplane. The next thing he remembered was that the airplane banked left and collided with trees lining the left side of the runway. The passenger/owner said he tried to rotate the airplane when the animal appeared, but the airplane veered left. He tried to straighten the airplane and keep it in ground effect so it continued flying, but the airplane struck trees that lined the left side of the runway.


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