May 12, Houston, Texas / Beech Baron


At 11:51 CDT, a Beech BE-95-B55 crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all six people on board. The cross-country flight was originating from Houston Hobby Airport was destined for Galliano, La. According to numerous witnesses, during takeoff from runway 22 the Baron pitched up to a nose-high attitude, momentarily pitched down slightly, then immediately pitched very nose high before rolling to the left and descending into the ground. The witnesses reported hearing both engines producing power during the incident. Examination of the airplane revealed that the flight control lock was installed in the cockpits flight control column. The control yoke was separated from the control column and both the left and right control yoke horns were separated from the yoke.


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