Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Columbus Municipal Airport

Columbus, Nebraska 68601
Saturday, October 20, 2001 8:20 CDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The airplane landed gear up between the departure runway and parallel taxiway during an aborted takeoff. The pilot reported that the left engine experienced a 30 percent loss of power, and the airplane did not seem to have enough power to sustain flight. The pilot did not have a current a biennial flight review and instrument proficiency check. The airplane's maximum takeoff weight for the accident make and model was 6,200 lbs. Postaccident weighing of the airplane and addition of passengers and baggage in the airplane revealed the accident flight to be in excess of its maximum takeoff weight by at least 500 lbs. The pilot rated passenger reported that there were no abnormal engine indications during the takeoff.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The exceeded aircraft performance and inadequate preflight planning/preparation by the pilot in command. The lack of recent experience in aircraft by the pilot in command was a contributing factor.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date10/20/2001 
Event Day of the WeekSaturday 
Time of Event820 
Event Time ZoneCentral Daylight Time 
Event CityColumbus 
Event StateNEBRASKA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site68601 
Event Date Year2001 
Event Date Month10 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportColumbus Municipal 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDOLY 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation1444 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation815 Central Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility IDOLU 
Elevation of weather observation facility1444 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observationCDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles)
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-1 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)80 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorGusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.85 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)11955 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateOct 20 2001 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1137 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 2 2002 4:28PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeLincoln FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN701JK 
NTSB NumberCHI02LA010 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedIFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBeech 
Aircraft Model58P 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial NumberTJ-200 
Certified Max Gross Weight6200 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionFeb 11 2001 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection10 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameK & B Aircraft Leasing 
Aircraft Owner Street Address2804 Northwest Avenue 
Aircraft Owner CityGrand Island 
Aircraft Owner StateNE 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode68803 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameJames H. Oppliger 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street AddressRR 4 Box 43A 
Operator CityColumbus 
Operator StateNE 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code68601 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeOLU  
Departure CityColumbus 
Departure StateNE 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time820 
Departure Time ZoneCDT 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeGFK  
Destination CityGrand Forks 
Destination StateNE 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordJun 17 2002 11:57AM 
User who most recently changed recordSULP  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location32 
Runway Length5681 
Runway Width100 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--