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Collision During Takeoff: de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, N1454Z; accident occurred February 05, 2022 in Gilbert, Lexington County, South Carolina

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Out There Outfitters LLC

Location: Gilbert, South Carolina 
Accident Number: ERA22LA116
Date and Time: February 5, 2022, 13:00 Local
Registration: N1454Z
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel airplane reported that he was attempting to depart a 1,000-ft-long pasture. He forgot to position the flaps to takeoff setting and by the time he realized the error, it was too late to reject the takeoff. The pilot attempted to clear trees at the end of the pasture with the flaps retracted, but the airplane collided with the trees and came to rest upright. The pilot added that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane. Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the left wing.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s improper flap setting, which resulted in a collision with trees during a takeoff attempt from a short grass field.


Personnel issues Forgotten action/omission - Pilot
Aircraft Trailing edge flaps - Incorrect use/operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight engineer
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: August 30, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: January 7, 2021
Flight Time: 8069 hours (Total, all aircraft), 221 hours (Total, this make and model), 6117 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 54 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 41 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND 
Registration: N1454Z
Model/Series: DHC-2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1955
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 972
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 2, 2021 100 hour 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5020 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 78 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9845 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: R985
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 400 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCAE,236 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:56 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 80°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 20000 ft AGL 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 20° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.34 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Gilbert, SC
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Gilbert, SC 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: Aircraft
Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.83716,-81.39509

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