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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 16 March 1976
Time:16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 99A Airliner
Operator:Command Airways
Registration: N7997R
C/n / msn: U-119
First flight: 1969
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Airport, NY (POU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Airport, NY (POU/KPOU), United States of America
Destination airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft, 368lb overweight, shuddered after takeoff. The left wing dropped, the aircraft levelled and then the right wing dropped before colliding with the ground.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
pilot in command - exercised poor judgment
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - initiated flight in adverse weather conditions
pilot in command - failed to abort takeoff
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
FACTOR(S):
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: ice/slush on runway
weather - snow
weather - icing conditions-includes sleet,freezing rain,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Airport, NY to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 109 km (68 miles).

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