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Last updated: 20 March 2018
Datum:Dienstag 11 Januar 1983
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56 Lodestar
Fluggesellschaft:Georgia South America
Kennzeichen: N520R
Werknummer: 18-2183
Baujahr: 1942
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-56
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Madison, GA (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Flug von:Madison Municipal Airport, GA, USA
Flug nach:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), USA
The Lodestar was taxied to the runway, but the pilot had to warm the engines up because of a low number 1 engine oil temperature reading. He set the parking brakes and advanced the number one throttle. When the oil temperature readings were OK, so throttles were advanced to 30 inches manifold pressure and 2250rpm. Normal brakes were used in addition to hold the aircraft. Full power was applied and brakes were released. During takeoff the aircraft drifted left and right until the plane veered off the right side of the runway, heading for a ditch. The pilot tried to clear the ditch. When airborne the left wing dropped and hit the ground. The aircraft yawed and crashed.

Probable Cause:

parking brakes .. inadvertent use .. pilot in command
terrain condition .. ditch
lack of total experience in type of aircraft .. pilot in command
lift-off .. initiated .. pilot in command
weather condition .. crosswind
directional control .. not maintained .. pilot in command
ground loop/swerve .. uncontrolled .. pilot in command.



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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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