FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Riverside FSDO-21
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA228
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 07, 2016 in Yucca Valley, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N6566R
Injuries: 1 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.
According to the student pilot, during the takeoff on runway 24, the wind was variable at 10 knots. He reported that he departed runway 24 and as the airplane began to climb, "a sudden crosswind gust" made the airplane drift to the right of the runway centerline. He reported that the flight controls became unresponsive, the airplane descended and the left wing struck the ground, then the right wing struck the ground. The airplane was resting on a sand berm, and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.
A post-accident inspection by an NTSB Air Safety Investigator revealed that there were no flight control anomalies.
The nearest weather reporting station, 19 miles south of the accident site, at the time of the accident reported that the wind was from 330 degrees true at 12 knots gusting to 18 knots. Furthermore the wind direction was variable from 310 degrees true to 020 degrees true. A postaccident examination of the flight controls showed no anomalies.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to attain airspeed and a positive rate of climb during takeoff in gusty wind conditions, resulting in a loss of directional control, an uncontrolled descent and collision with terrain.