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Crash of a Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian in Lake Elmo

Date & Time: Oct 2, 2020 at 1514 LT
Registration:
N62ZM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lake Elmo - Mesquite
MSN:
46-97087
YOM:
2001
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Lake Elmo Airport, the pilot encountered an unexpected situation and attempted an emergency landing. The single engine aircraft crash landed in a cornfield located west of the airfield, lost its left wing and came to rest. Both occupants were injured.

Crash of a Beechcraft E18S in Lake Elmo

Date & Time: Oct 2, 1997 at 0605 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N916TM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lake Elmo - Minneapolis
MSN:
BA-337
YOM:
1958
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4450
Captain / Total hours on type:
350.00
Aircraft flight hours:
10530
Circumstances:
The pilot reported that the airplane lifted off at 70 knots. After accelerating in ground effect the airplane became 'unstable in the roll axis' so he added power. He reported that the left wing tip contacted the runway approximately 3/4 the way down the runway. The pilot then added additional power at which point the left wing contacted the grass off the left side of the departure end of the runway. The pilot then reduced the power to idle and landed the airplane in the grass collapsing the landing gear. The pilot reported that the engines sounded normal throughout the accident sequence. Investigation revealed another Beech 18 had taken off on the same runway, but in the opposite direction of N916TM less than one minute prior to the accident.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure identify the unsafe condition (vortex turbulence) which existed due to departing airplane and his subsequent inability to control the airplane once encountering the turbulence.
Final Report: