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Tail numberN912T
Accident dateJune 24, 2009
Aircraft typeBeech B95
LocationHolbrook, AZ
Near 34.940277 N, -110.138055 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On June 24, 2009, about 1700 mountain standard time, a Beech B95, N912T, collided with terrain at Holbrook, Arizona. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certificated commercial pilot and three passengers were killed; the airplane sustained substantial damage from impact forces and a post crash fire. The cross-country personal flight was departing with a planned destination of Largo Vista, Texas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

Witnesses reported that the pilot stopped for fuel at Holbrook on June 23, and indicated that he was going to California. The pilot landed at Holbrook about 1600 the day of the accident, and stated that he was returning to his home in Texas. The witnesses noted that the pilot was feeling ill. While the passengers drove to town for lunch, the pilot stayed at the airport. He fueled the airplane at the self-service pump, and then went into the airport lounge. He looked clammy and pale, and lay down on a sofa in a fetal position. After the passengers returned, they all boarded the airplane. The witnesses stated that the airplane started without difficulty, and they noted no fluid leaks or smoke as the airplane taxied for takeoff.

A professional pilot observed the taxi and takeoff from runway 03. He stated that the winds were from 240-270 at 5-10 knots. The airplane seemed to have an extended ground roll. The airplane climbed to about 300 feet and made a 45-degree right turn. Then, it entered a left turn, appearing to return towards runway 21. As the airplane rolled through the extended centerline of the runway, the bank angle increased until the left wingtip was pointed at the ground. The airplane continued to roll until the nose was pointed toward the ground prior to impact. The witness observed smoke, and instructed the other witnesses to call for emergency services.

The airplane came to rest upright about 30 feet from a ground scar, which was the first identified point of contact. Fire destroyed the cabin area. Both wings sustained leading edge aft crush damage.

The left propeller remained attached to its crankshaft flange; the assembly separated, and was about 20 feet forward of the left wing. The left engine rested on top of the left wing, but pointed aft. The right propeller remained attached to the right engine, which separated from the wing, and was about 6 feet forward of it.

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