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Old 21st Jul 2018, 17:25
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C 47 Crash, Texas

Plane crashes at Burnet Municipal Airport - Story | KTBC
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Old 21st Jul 2018, 18:39
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Yikes, didn't get the tail up at all. Look at the plume of fuel coming up when the wing breaks they were very lucky not to have a massive fireball right there.
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Old 21st Jul 2018, 18:42
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Well that is STRANGE!
Did they ever get the tail wheel off the ground and the aircraft into a normal C-47/DC-3 take off attitude?
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Old 21st Jul 2018, 18:58
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Looking at the post crash photos the elevator is still in trail with the fixed portion. I would put money on the elevator locks being in.
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Old 22nd Jul 2018, 01:39
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Even if the elevator locks were in you would soon find out at 40 knots when you put the tail up.... Pull the power back and stop. We use to taxi the DC3 with the elevators up the yoke back somewhat... Seriously first thing is a control check.
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Old 22nd Jul 2018, 14:23
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We hung the gust locks on the cockpit door so both pilots could see they were removed. Started doing that after someone tried to TO with them installed. Luckily figured it out in time.
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Old 22nd Jul 2018, 16:38
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How can you do the pre-takeoff power/mag checks without pulling the yoke fully rearward? I can understand control locks being left in, but not getting as far as the takeoff run! I guess the cause must have been something else; well hoping so!
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Old 22nd Jul 2018, 19:11
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More television coverage here in 'Kathryn's Report' ; Kathryn's Report: Douglas C-47B (DC-3): Accident occurred July 21, 2018 at Burnet Municipal Airport (KBMQ), Texas .
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Old 22nd Jul 2018, 20:03
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Having looked at the extra photos available there are a couple with drooping elevators during the post crash fire so I withdraw my comment on the elevator locks. I did say I'd put money on it so I'll put a fiver in the local air ambulance tin for speculating ahead of the evidence. It makes it all the more strange.
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Old 22nd Jul 2018, 20:03
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Is it just me, or does it look like a gust lock on the elevator at 30 sec?

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Old 23rd Jul 2018, 09:02
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The plane hits something about where the tail is in line with the green shed. It's something that appears just as the plane reaches that point, and raises a cloud of dust. So it's possible the pilot either lost control authority as a result, or my money would be on trying to lift the plane over whatever it was that appeared and then got into an uncontrollable low speed lift off situation.
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