Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 680E in Crescent City

Date & Time: Dec 3, 2013 at 0937 LT
Registration:
N71DF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Crescent City - Palatka
MSN:
680E-672-12
YOM:
1958
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
15000
Captain / Total hours on type:
100.00
Aircraft flight hours:
8400
Circumstances:
The pilot reported that the airplane "hesitated" during the takeoff roll due to the added weight of the passengers on board and the grass surface of the departure airstrip (Jim Finlay Farm Airstrip). He said he then added "extra" engine power at rotation, and that the left engine accelerated more quickly than the right, which resulted in an adverse yaw to the right and collision with trees along the right side of the runway. The subsequent collision with trees and terrain resulted in substantial damage to the airframe. According to the pilot, there were no mechanical deficiencies with the airplane that would have prevented normal operation.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 680 in Perris: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 20, 2010 at 1000 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N316KW
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Palm Springs - Chino
MSN:
680-1753-146
YOM:
1968
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
33000
Aircraft flight hours:
2278
Circumstances:
The pilot departed the airport mid-morning to fly to his home airport, 63 miles to the northwest. Weather conditions at the departureb airport were visual flight rules (VFR), the weather at the destination airport was not reported, and the weather conditions en-route were marginal VFR. The global positioning system (GPS) track for the flight indicated that the airplane departed from the airport and headed west along a highway corridor flying approximately 1,000 feet above ground level (agl) through a mountain pass. For the majority of the flight, the airplane maintained altitudes between 900 feet and 1,200 feet agl. Twenty-nine minutes after takeoff, the airplane’s GPS track turned southwest away from an area of concentrated precipitation and directly towards an isolated mountain peak that rose approximately 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. The pilot contacted the local air traffic control facility, reported his position and requested traffic advisories through the local airspace to his destination airport. About 6 minutes later, the pilot stated that he was having difficulty maintaining VFR and asked for an instrument flight rules (IFR)clearance. At the same time, the GPS track showed that the airplane came within 50 feet of the mountainous terrain. No further transmissions from the pilot were received. The final GPS position was recorded 1 minute later, at 500 feet agl and approximately half a mile from the crash site. The terrain rapidly ascended in this area and intersected the airplane's flight path over the remaining 1/2 mile. An airport located about 4 miles from the accident site and in an area of flat terrain 1,000 feet below the isolated mountain top, recorded weather at the time of the accident as few clouds at 900 feet agl, overcast clouds at 1,500 feet agl, and a variable ceiling between 1,200 and 1,800 feet agl, in drizzle. Weather radar images at the time of the accident depicted precipitation at the elevation and location of the accident site, indicating probable mountain obscuration.
Probable cause:
The pilot’s decision to continue visual flight into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in an in-flight collision with mountainous terrain.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 680 in Sevilla, Colombia: 1 killed

Date & Time: Feb 3, 2006 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
YV-714CP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
680-1689-69
YOM:
1967
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft crashed near Cuchilla de la Marimonda, 20 NM from Sevilla, Magdalena State, Colombia. The rescue teams found the debris on 12 February 2006 only and the sole occupant was fatally injured. More than 600 kilos of cocaine were also founded amoung the debris.