Loss of control Accident Beechcraft 58 Baron N585CK,
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Date:Saturday 8 January 2022
Time:19:19 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE58 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 58 Baron
Owner/operator:Airnet II LLC
Registration: N585CK
MSN: TH-1299
Year of manufacture:1981
Total airframe hrs:24040 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-520-CB41B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Defiance, MO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Saint Louis-Spirit of St. Louis Airport, MO (SUS/KSUS)
Destination airport:Denver-Centennial Airport, CO (APA/KAPA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The commercial pilots departed during night, instrument conditions on a positioning flight. After leveling off at 8,000 ft mean sea level with moderate turbulence conditions likely, the airplane slowly turned left from a west to southeast heading. The airplane continued turning left and entered a rapid descent until terrain impact. The airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain.
Examination revealed no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Although the pilot and copilot were both instrument current, their flying experience predominantly involved visual flight rules operations. The pilot in command (PIC) did not have the required experience to operate as PIC on Part 135 flights and was the PIC of this Part 91 positioning flight to gain experience. Immediately before the accident flight, the pilot communicated to her boyfriend that she had concerns about the flight due to the weather, along with her and the copilot's instrument flying skills.
The pilot likely became spatially disoriented during night instrument conditions that included moderate turbulence. Because of the airplane's single set of flight instruments and “throwover yoke' control column, which required pulling a T-handle latch on the back of the control arm to change the yoke from one side of the cockpit to the other, the copilot likely wasn't able to assume control of the airplane. As a result, the copilot wasn't able to recover control of the airplane from its unusual attitude before impact with terrain.

Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of airplane control while flying in night instrument conditions due to spatial disorientation and the flight crew's inability to recover from an unusual airplane attitude.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN22FA096
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report


FAA register: https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInquiry/Search/NNumberResult?nNumberTxt=585CK



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09-Jan-2022 08:09 gerard57 Added
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16-Jun-2023 12:35 harro Updated [[[Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]]]

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