Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beech D55, Absten Aviation LLC, N88EB: Accident occurred February 14, 2017 at Bolton Field Airport (KTZR), Columbus, Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Columbus, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Absten Aviation LLC:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA104
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Columbus, OH
Aircraft: BEECH D55, registration: N88EB
Injuries: 2 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 February 14, 2017, about 1326 eastern standard time, a Beech D55 airplane, N88EB, impacted runway 22 at the Bolton Field Airport (TZR), near Columbus, Ohio, following a loss of left engine power during takeoff. The pilot and pilot rated passenger were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage and wing damage when the left main landing gear collapsed. The airplane was registered to Absten Aviation LLC and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which did not operate on a flight plan. The local flight was originating from TZR at the time of the accident.

According to initial information from the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot seated in the left seat reported that he wanted to get current on his takeoffs and landings. He performed the taxi and takeoff procedure. The left seated pilot stated that after rotation, the airplane began to climb. About 50 feet above ground level, the left engine began to lose power and its rpm began dropping to around 1,700 rpm. He told the right seated pilot that he was giving him control of the airplane. The right seated pilot tried to land the airplane within the remaining runway. The left main landing gear struck hard on the runway. The right seated pilot was able to stop the airplane on the prepared runway surface. The pilots thought the tire had blown. However, the left main landing gear had collapsed.

At 1349, the recorded weather at TZR was: Wind 260 degrees at 13 knots gusting to 24 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 11 degrees C; dew point -2 degrees C; altimeter 29.81 inches of mercury.

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