Federal investigators have released a preliminary reported on a plane crash at Tucson International Airport Jan. 23 that killed two Arizona men.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report describes the twin turboprop Beechcraft 300 flying erratically upon takeoff from the airport at 12:32 p.m.
A witness observed the airplane taking off from runway 11L then pitch up rapidly in the initial climb.
“At an altitude between 100-150 feet above the runway, the airplane suddenly yawed to the left while maintaining a nose-up pitch attitude,” the report said. “The airplane then appeared to slow down such that he believed it was about to stall. The left wing dropped, and the airplane rolled left and continued as the nose dropped and the airplane struck the ground inverted.”
The airplane continued to slide after impact about 650 feet across the tarmac before it collided with concrete wall.
The airplane was airborne less than a minute when it crashed at 12:33 p.m.
According to the NTSB’s report, the airplane was registered to KAAZ LLC. It was bound for Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico, and was being flown as a personal flight according to the flight plan.
The crash, witnessed by a number of people inside the terminal, killed 56-year-old Jeffrey Green and 38-year-old Daniel Rodriguez, both of Nogales, Arizona. Mr. Green was piloting the plane and Mr. Rodriguez was a passenger. Both men died as a result of “blunt force and thermal injuries,” the Pima County Medical Examiner’s report said.
The NTSB’s preliminary report does not offer any possible causes of the crash. It usually takes investigators a year or more to close an investigation and issue a final report.
Source: ABC 15 Arizona