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Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in Hayward

Date & Time: Sep 16, 2009 at 1215 LT
Registration:
N726CB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Hayward - San Carlos
MSN:
BB-1750
YOM:
2001
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2913
Captain / Total hours on type:
1707.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1229
Circumstances:
The airplane just had undergone a routine maintenance and this was planned to be the first flight after the inspection. During the initial climb, the pilot observed that the airplane was drifting to the left. The pilot attempted to counteract the drift by application of right aileron and right rudder, but the airplane continued to the left. The pilot reported that, despite having both hands on the control yoke, he could not maintain directional control and the airplane collided into a building. The airplane subsequently came to rest on railroad tracks adjacent to the airport perimeter. A post accident examination revealed that the elevator trim wheel was located in the 9-degree NOSE UP position; normal takeoff range setting is between 2 and 3 degrees NOSE UP. The rudder trim control knob was found in the full left position and the right propeller lever was found about one-half inch forward of the FEATHER position; these control inputs both resulted in the airplane yawing to the left. The pilot did not adequately follow the airplane manufacturer's checklist during the preflight, taxi, and before takeoff, which resulted in the airplane not being configured correctly for takeoff. This incorrect configuration led to the loss of directional control immediately after rotation. A post accident examination of the airframe, engines, and propellers revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control after takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's inadequate preflight and failure to follow the airplane manufacturer's checklist to ensure that the rudder trim control and right propeller control lever were positioned correctly.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Pacific Ocean

Date & Time: Apr 10, 1997 at 0706 LT
Registration:
N27659
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Hilo-Hayward
MSN:
31-7852090
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5700
Captain / Total hours on type:
15.00
Aircraft flight hours:
5074

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 500 in Livermore: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 19, 1994 at 1754 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N601MK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hayward-Hayward
MSN:
500-1073
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
23700

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Norwich: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 2, 1993 at 1341 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N515WB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Easton-Des Moines-Hayward
MSN:
31-7720023
YOM:
1977
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
5200
Captain / Total hours on type:
3.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6685

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Hayward

Date & Time: Apr 27, 1988 at 0014 LT
Registration:
N3588Y
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Upland-Hayward
MSN:
31-8052129
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5557
Captain / Total hours on type:
30.00

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in South Lake Tahoe: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 17, 1987 at 1930 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N1870S
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hayward-South Lake Tahoe
MSN:
BB-1106
YOM:
1983
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
3995
Captain / Total hours on type:
381.00

Crash of a Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon in Hayward: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 7, 1965 at 1624 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N7671C
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
15-1120
YOM:
1944
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
12000
Circumstances:
After being converted by Oakland Airmotive Centaurus for civil use, the aircraft was engaged in a delivery flight, carrying two passengers and one pilot. Shortly after takeoff from Hayward Airport, while in initial climb, the twin engine aircraft stalled and crashed in flames. The pilot and a passenger were killed while the second passenger was injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Improper maintenance, servicing and inspection on part of the maintenance personnel. Inadequate flight preparation on part of the pilot. It was reported that the modification done on the aircraft were not approved by FAA. The aircraft was improperly loaded at the time of the accident, which caused the stall. Errors made in modification work and loading resulted out of limits aft CofG n° 377 filed by FAA.
Final Report: