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Thread: The final NTSB report from the 2015 Turbine Otter pile up near Lake Illiamna

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    Default The final NTSB report from the 2015 Turbine Otter pile up near Lake Illiamna

    I fairly long report with some interesting observations. The owners pushing the pilots is what I see...

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    Taking off in the dark and not immediately going on instruments, is what got this guy. Why in the world would you be looking outside, that close to the ground? By the time he realized what was happening, it was too late to save it! This pilot was acting like a novice VFR pilot. Wait until daylight, if you can't perform a takeoff in the dark...

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    The being 500 pounds over gross with a whacky cg might not have helped much either.
    I think it is a case of the owners pushing the pilots and the pilots getting used to the push until this happens.
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    Here is a link to a bunch of the statements from witnesses and the pilot. Plus the weight and balance and CG done by the NTSB. Nobody was weighing anything...

    https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/h...71C70AABAFBC70
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    If the guy would have had a hard time getting out of ground effect, or the nose pitched up too high, then maybe a CG problem. This guy climbed out straight, then at 175', he started a right turn. He actually banked right far enough to start losing altitude and who knows where the nose of the aircraft was at this point? He was flying blind at this point, not using his instruments! He stated he was looking left, trying to see a ridge for reference! Black night and no horizon, needed to be on instruments.

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