NTSB Identification: ATL92LA016.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45608.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 27, 1991 in BURNSVILLE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/1993
Aircraft: GULFSTREAM AMERICAN AA5A, registration: N74279
Injuries: 1 Serious,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 AIRPLANE SKIDDED DOWN A HILLSIDE AFTER THE PILOT REJECTED A TAKEOFF FROM A RUNWAY WHICH ROSE 40 FEET FROM THE INITIAL TAKEOFF ROLL. THE PILOT ELECTED TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF ABOUT 900 FEET FROM THE END OF THE RUNWAY. REPORTEDLY, THE WINDS WERE CALM AND THE DOWNSLOPE RUNWAY WAS RECOMMENDED FOR NORMAL TAKEOFFS FROM THE MOUNTAINOUS AIRPORT. THE PILOT WAS NOT EXPERIENCED WITH OPERATIONS AT HIGHER THAN SEA LEVEL. THE DENSITY ALTITUDE WAS ESTIMATED AT 5,250 FEET.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT PLANNING AND THE SELECTION OF TAKEOFF RUNWAY WITH AN UPSLOPE FOR TAKEOFF. FACTORS WERE THE PILOT'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE WITH THE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA AND THE HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE.
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