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Preliminary NTSB report on plane crash

From the National Transportation Safety Board Web site, regarding¬†Wednesday’s crash at the Hayward Executive Airport:

NTSB Identification: WPR09LA451
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 16, 2009 in Hayward, CA
Aircraft: Raytheon Aircraft Company B200, registration: N726CB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured. 

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.
On September 16, 2009, about 1220 Pacific daylight time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company B200, N726CB, sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain while maneuvering during initial climb near the Hayward Executive Airport (HWD), Hayward, California. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which was operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, with its destination being the San Carlos Airport (SQL), San Carlos, California.

In a telephone interview with the Safety Board investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot reported that immediately after taking off and “still very close to the ground,” the airplane began to veer to the left. The pilot stated that he attempted to correct back to the right but the airplane didn’t respond, and as he was losing airspeed he lowered the nose. Shortly thereafter the airplane impacted terrain in a wings level attitude, followed by an ensuing post crash fire. The pilot stated that he was able to exit the airplane through the rear passenger door without injury. The pilot further stated that at no time during the event was there any indication of a loss of engine power.

The airplane will be recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Eric Kurhi