Date & Time: May 9, 1969 at 0625 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed 12 Electra Junior
Seeley Flying Service
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
Shortly after takeoff from Casper-Hartford Airport, while in initial climb, the airplane encountered difficulties to gain height. Control was lost and the airplane crashed in flames near the runway end. All eight occupants were seriously injured and the aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire.
Inadequate preflight preparation on part of the pilot who took off with the elevator secured by locking batten. Uncontrolled descent until impact.