NTSB Identification: FTW96LA180.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 23, 1996 in WATKINS, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/06/1996
Aircraft: Whistle QUESTAIR VENTURE M20, registration: N68U
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

The pilot said that as power was applied during his takeoff roll on runway 17, the left wing dropped due to engine torque. A right wind gust caused the airplane to swerve to the left and depart the runway. The nose wheel retract link broke when the nose wheel rolled into the dirt and the landing gear folded back, causing the airplane to nose over. The wind was from 320 degrees at 8 knots, with gusts to 16.

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

the pilot's failure to compensate for prevailing wind conditions and to maintain directional control. Factors were the gusting and quartering tailwind conditions.

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