NTSB Identification: LAX96LA138.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 22, 1996 in MESQUITE, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/20/1996
Aircraft: Beech E33A, registration: N7118N
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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The pilot reported that he was departing on runway 19. Both the pilot and ground witnesses stated that the winds were from 250 degrees at 25 knots with sustained gusts to 35. As the aircraft neared liftoff airspeed, it began to drift to the left. The pilot said he pulled the aircraft off the ground at that point and the left drift increased. The aircraft drifted completely off the runway and the landing gear contacted an airport boundary fence. The aircraft then cartwheeled into an adjoining field. The crosswind components for the reported steady state and gust values were computed at 23 and 31 knots, respectively. According to the Beech Pilot Operating Handbook for the airplane, the maximum demonstrated crosswind component for the aircraft in takeoffs or landings is 17 knots.

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

the pilot's poor judgment in attempting to take off in the existing wind conditions.

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