Rejected Takeoff Results In Runway Overrun

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL Accident Number: ERA20LA162
Date & Time: 04/24/2020, 1520 EDT Registration: YV3427
Aircraft: IAI 1125 Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation – Personal

On April 24, 2020, about 1520 eastern daylight time, an Israel Aircraft Industries 1125 Astra SP, Venezuelan registration YV3427, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The airline transport pilot, commercial copilot, and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he was conducting a takeoff on runway 27 with the intended destination of Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS), Maiquetía, Venezuela. During the takeoff roll, at rotation speed, the airplane did not respond when the pilot pulled back on the control yoke. He tried to rotate again, and the airspeed was in excess of V1, about 130 knots. With no response, he performed a rejected takeoff with maximum braking and full reverse thrust. 

The airplane departed the end of runway 27, proceeded through the overrun, and into the grass beyond the runway. The airplane pivoted to the left and came to a stop in the grass, near the perimeter access road. The crew and passengers exited the airplane and were met by first responders. Inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The nose and right main landing gear collapsed during the accident sequence and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage and right wing. The passenger cabin was loaded with cargo, which was offloaded and weighed. First responders observed fuel leaking from the right-wing fuel tank.

The wreckage was retained for further investigation. The airplane was equipped with a cockpit voice recorder; it was removed and shipped to the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Laboratory, Washington, DC for readout.