Date & Time: Nov 3, 1990 at 1025 LT
Type of aircraft:
Rockwell Turbo Commander 680/681
Mack L. Bryan Jr.
Landing (descent or approach)
Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft flight hours:
The airplane had not flown since June 1989. The flight had made 2 high speed taxi operations before takeoff. Immediately after takeoff the flight called to land. The airplane was observed on downwind 200-800 feet agl, 15-25° nose high. The airplane then stalled. The compressor surge valves for the left and right engines were found in the open position. Both occupants were killed.
The pilot-in-command's decision to continue takeoff with a known deficiency in the airplane - low power on both engines which resulted from open compressor surge valves. The pilot subsequently failed to maintain airspeed while maneuvering in a turn resulting in an inflight loss of control and a stall/spin.