NTSB Identification: SEA95LA045.
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Accident occurred Sunday, February 05, 1995 in MCCALL, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N9CR
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE PILOT ATTEMPTED A FORMATION TAKEOFF WITH ANOTHER AIRCRAFT. BOTH AIRPLANES WERE OBSERVED TO BEGIN THE TAKEOFF ROLL AND LIFT OFF FROM THE SAME RUNWAY AT THE SAME TIME. DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THE PILOT OF THE ACCIDENT AIRPLANE PREMATURELY LIFTED OFF AT AN AIRSPEED THAT WAS NOT ADEQUATE TO SUSTAIN FLIGHT. THE AIRPLANE AERODYNAMICALLY STALLED ABOUT 50 FEET ABOVE THE RUNWAY. IT IMPACTED SNOW-COVERED TERRAIN OFF THE EDGE OF THE RUNWAY AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL DEFICIENCIES WERE REPORTED.

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

THE PILOT'S PREMATURE LIFT-OFF DURING THE TAKEOFF, LEADING TO AN AERODYNAMIC STALL. A FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT'S ATTEMPT TO PERFORM A FORMATION TAKEOFF.

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