Factual Report: SA226 LOSES DIRECTIONAL CONTROL

 - September 14, 2006, 5:06 AM

Swearingen SA226TC, Casper, Wyo., Feb. 20, 2006–In night VMC, the commercial pilot of Spendair Flight 1713 lost directional control taking off from Natrona County International Airport and the left propeller hit a runway marker light. The pilot said he had set power at 60 percent rpm and released the brakes. The airplane went straight down the runway for about 800 feet, then veered to the right. He said he applied “full left steering [tiller] and full left rudder” but it didn’t help. He then used full reverse prop. The airplane went off the right edge of the runway. The pilot and the two passengers were not injured.