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Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in DeLand: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 29, 2019 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N731PF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
421A-0164
YOM:
1968
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane crashed in unknown circumstances in a wooded area located about 4 miles southwest of DeLand Municipal Airport, near Grand Avenue and Old New York Avenue. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and all three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H2 Turbo Porter in DeLand

Date & Time: Oct 3, 2005 at 1505 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N7895J
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
DeLand - DeLand
MSN:
767
YOM:
1976
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5233
Captain / Total hours on type:
43.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6517
Circumstances:
The airline transport certificated pilot with 10 skydiving passengers began a takeoff in a tailwheel-equipped and turboprop powered airplane on a CFR Part 91 skydiving flight. As the airplane started its climb, the pitch angle of the nose of the airplane increased until the airplane appeared to stall about 50 to 100 feet agl. It descended and impacted the runway in a left wing, nose low attitude. Several FAA inspectors responded to the accident site and documented the accident scene and the airplane systems. The inspectors reported that flight control continuity was established, and they noted that the stabilizer appeared to be in a nose up trim position. Measurement of the stabilizer trim position equated to a 56.5 percent nose up trim condition. The airplane's horizontal stabilizer trim system is electrical. An electric trim indicator, and a trim warning light were installed in the upper left portion of the instrument panel. The light will illuminate if "full-up" trim is set, and the engine is producing over 80 percent power. A placard stating, "Set Correct Trim for Takeoff," was installed on the lower instrument panel in front of the pilot position. The airplane's flight manual contains a "Before Takeoff" warning, which states, in part: "Warning - An extreme out-of-trim stabilizer can, in combination with loading, flaps position and power influence, result in an uncontrollable aircraft after the aircraft leaves the ground." In addition, a caution states, in part: "Caution - Failure to set correct trim settings will result in large control forces and/or unrequested pitching/yawing." Pilot actions listed in the "Before Takeoff" checklist include stabilizer trim settings. The airplane contained seat belts for all passengers, but the pilot's shoulder harness was not used, as it was folded and tie-wrapped near its upper attach point.
Probable cause:
The pilot's incorrect setting of the stabilizer trim and his failure to maintain adequate airspeed during takeoff initial climb, which resulted in a stall. A factor contributing to the accident was an inadvertent stall. A factor contributing to the severity of the pilot's injuries was his failure to utilize his shoulder harness.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader in DeLand

Date & Time: May 28, 1990 at 0803 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N4973V
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Daytona Beach - DeLand
MSN:
303-00285
YOM:
1984
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1520
Captain / Total hours on type:
100.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2542
Circumstances:
During an NDB approach in instrument conditions with the landing gear extended, the fire warning light for the right engine illuminated. The right engine was shut down and a missed approach was initiated; however, the landing gear would not retract and the aircraft would not maintain altitude. As it descended into the top of an overcast at an altitude of about 600 feet, the pilots tried to restart the engine, but to no avail. Subsequently, the aircraft descended below the clouds at an altitude of about 150 feet to 170 feet. As the instructor (cfi) landed the aircraft in an open field, the nose gear encountered soft dirt and the aircraft nosed over. An exam revealed that an electrical power jumper wire between 2 bus bars had become chafed and shorted. The left and right isolation circuit breakers and the bus tie circuit breaker were found in the tripped (open) position. This resulted in a false fire warning light and prevented the landing gear from being retracted.
Probable cause:
The chafed and shorted electrical wiring between bus bars, which caused a partial electrical failure, resulted in a false fire warning indication, and prevented the restart of the right engine.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in DeLand: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 7, 1987 at 1150 LT
Registration:
N8043Q
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
DeLand - Punta Gorda
MSN:
421B-0043
YOM:
1970
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
18000
Captain / Total hours on type:
0.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2600
Circumstances:
The aircraft was observed to be flying slowly, then roll steeply to the left and dive into an unoccupied house from about 300 feet shortly after takeoff. The pilot had considerable flight time but he had not flown this model, except for a 35 minutes checkout that morning. The checkout consisted of 3 takeoffs and landings. The pilot's friend, a rated pilot without a multi engine rating, sat in the right cockpit seat and had logged flight time in the pilot's other twin aircraft. A witness stated the pilot looked pale and appeared troubled just before the flight. The autopsy of the pilot revealed the left main coronary artery was blocked except for a 'pinhole' opening. The doctor stated the condition could have caused a seizure but could not say whether it had any bearing on this accident. No evidence could be found to indicate any preimpact malfunction or failure with the airframe, propellers, or engines. The aircraft was estimated to be 134 pounds over gross weight. All five occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: takeoff - initial climb
Findings
1. (f) aircraft weight and balance - exceeded - pilot in command
2. (c) airspeed - not maintained - pilot in command
3. Physical impairment (other cardiovascular) - pilot in command
4. (c) stall - inadvertent - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with object
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Findings
5. Object - residence
Final Report: