Date & Time: Nov 24, 2016 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Operator:
Registration:
D-IFBU
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Positioning
Survivors:
No
MSN:
31T-8012050
YOM:
1980
Country:
Poland
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
9418
Aircraft flight hours:
7371
Aircraft flight cycles:
6641
Circumstances:
Just after liftoff, while in initial climb, the aircraft nosed down and hit the grassy runway surface. Upon impact, the nose was destroyed and both engines were sheared off. The aircraft came to rest on its belly and was partially destroyed. The pilot, who was performing a positioning flight to Germany to pick up passengers, was killed.
Probable cause:
The pilot mistakenly retracted the undercarriage at rotation. There was no immediate decision of the pilot to abandon the takeoff procedure when both propellers contacted the runway surface.
Final Report:
D-IFBU.pdf2.31 MB