Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cessna 172D Skyhawk, N2567U: Accident occurred January 30, 2016 in La Junta, Otero County, Colorado 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA150
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 30, 2016 in La Junta, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N2567U
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during a night takeoff, shortly after the airplane lifted off the runway, he "felt a force" on the tail. He further reported that the angle of attack changed to an "extreme angle", the airspeed decreased, and the stall warning horn was audible. Subsequently the left wing impacted the ground, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing. 

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport revealed that, at the time of the accident, conditions were wind 30 degrees at 19 knots, wind gust 27 knots. The airplane was departing on runway 26.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's decision to take off with a tailwind, and exceed the critical angle of attack, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with the ground.

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