National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
N80896 LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N256TA
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oakland FSDO-27
NTSB Identification: WPR16LA150
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Byron, CA
Aircraft: BEECH 65 A90, registration: N256TA
Injuries: 15 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On July 23, 2016, about 1900 Pacific daylight time, a Beech 65- A90, N256TA, sustained substantial damage following a reported loss of control while climbing out near the Byron Airport (C83) Byron, California. The airplane was registered to N80896 LLC, and operated by Bay Area Skydiving under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot and the 14 passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the skydiving flight. The local flight departed C83 at about 1845.
According to the pilot, as the airplane neared the planned jump area and altitude between 10,000 to 11,000 feet, mean sea level (msl) the airplane stalled and began to rotate nose-down. He recovered the airplane and the sky divers successfully jumped out. Subsequent to the jumper's departure, he noticed that the airplane handled abnormally. During the landing sequence back at C83, a witness observed that the airplane's right stabilizer and elevator were missing. The separated airplane parts were located in a field about 1 mile south of the airport.
The pilot reported no abnormalities during preflight and during the previous flights that day in the airplane. He stated that the weather was clear and that there was light chop.
The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.