No logbook was recovered, and one source indicated the
pilot had more than 1, 110 hours total of experience.
The NTSB could not determine the
total time of the accident pilot, who had
a private pilot certificate. No logbook was
recovered, and one source indicated the
pilot had more than 1, 110 hours total of
experience. The pilot had received his
multiengine rating less than a month
before the accident, and the NTSB
believes he had about 20 hours of multiengine time.
The NTSB recovered both a handheld
GPS navigator and an electronic engine
instrument system from the wreckage.
Analysis of the data stored in the engine
monitor confirmed the report that the
right engine had been shut down for an
extended period in flight.
Data recovered from the GPS unit also
showed that the Baron had deviated from
normal flight. The GPS could not record
airspeed or attitude, of course, but on the
return flight from Lakeland it did record
abrupt changes in altitude and
For some reason the NTSB found it
useful to include that the Baron POH
states in Section II Limitations, page 2-9,
MANEUVERS, “This is a normal category
airplane. Acrobatic maneuvers including
spins are prohibited.”
In the end the NTSB determined that
the probable cause of the accident was
“the pilot exceeding the design stress lim-
its of the airplane while performing
aerobatics in a non-aerobatic airplane,
which resulted in an in-flight overload
failure of the airframe. A factor in the
accident was the pilot’s decision to per-
What the NTSB can’t know is why
the pilot decided, with four passengers
onboard, that he could fly like an air
This article is based solely on the official final
NTSB report of the accident and is intended
to bring reader’s attention to the issues raised
in the report. It is not intended to judge or
reach any definitive conclusions about the
ability or capacity of any person, living or
dead, or any aircraft or accessory.
J. Mac McClellan, EAA 747337, has been a pilot for
more than 40 years, holds an ATP certificate, and owns a
Beechcraft Baron. To contact Mac, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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