As we go through life, there’s a presumption that people who are more experienced and have had more training are better qualified to make the right decisions and do the right things. Except, that’s not always true. People who are more experienced and have had more training often can be just as mistaken in their decision-making and require as much help as novices. It took years for that notion to work its way onto the airline flight deck so that first officers who knew the captain was doing something wrong could freely speak up. In fact, sometimes a host of experience and training can give a person a sense of bravado and invulnerability. In that case, accidents are just waiting to happen, and one of them did on March 4, 2017.
The accident location was Duette, Florida. The airplane involved was a 1977 Beech B60 Duke. The six-seat, twin-engine airplane was being used on an instructional flight. It cruised at about 178 knots and had a maximum takeoff weight of 6,775 pounds and a service ceiling of 30,000 feet. Power came from two Lycoming TIO-541-E1C4 engines, each rated at 380 horsepower. It had come out of annual inspection just two days before the accident and had just over 3,271 hours when it got the signoff.