Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bellanca 7GCBC, N88237: Accident occurred June 20, 2017 at Sandia Airpark Estates East Airport (1N1), Edgewood, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA357 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Edgewood, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2017
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N88237
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.

The pilot reported that, about 8 seconds into the takeoff roll in gusting wind conditions at high density altitude, the airplane “suddenly and expectantly lifted off the runway in a steep angle of attack.” He added that he immediately reduced power to idle to abort the initial climb, and the airplane “settled back onto the runway but landed hard.” He further added that, during the landing roll, he lost directional control, and the airplane veered off the runway, coming to rest in the dirt alongside the runway.

The fuselage, left wing, and aileron sustained substantial damage. 

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

An automated weather observation station, 10 nautical miles southeast of the accident airport, reported that, 5 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 150° at 16 knots, gusting to 25 knots. The pilot reported that he observed the wind from 300° at 8 knots, gusting to 15 knots. He reported that the takeoff was on runway 9. He further reported that the density altitude was 10,000 ft at the departure airport. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's decision to take off with a gusting tailwind, which resulted in a loss of pitch control during the initial climb and a subsequent hard landing and loss of directional control.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N88237


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA357
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Edgewood, NM
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N88237
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.

The pilot reported that, about 8 seconds into the takeoff roll in gusting wind conditions at high density altitude, the airplane "suddenly and expectantly lifted off the runway in a steep angle of attack." He added that, he immediately reduced power to idle to abort the initial climb, and the airplane "settled back onto the runway but landed hard." He further added that, during the landing roll, directional control was lost and the airplane veered off the runway, coming to rest in the dirt alongside the runway.

The fuselage, left wing, and aileron sustained substantial damage. 

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

An automated weather observation station, 10 nautical miles southeast of the accident airport, 5 minutes before the accident, reported the wind from 150° at 16 knots, gusting 25 knots. The pilot reported that he observed the wind from 300° at 8 knots, gusting to 15 knots. He reported that the takeoff was on runway 9. He further reported that the density altitude was 10,000 ft. at the departure airport.

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