NTSB Identification: ANC99LA149.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 19, 1999 in FAIRBANKS, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/17/2001
Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC, registration: N53728
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 private certificated pilot was departing a small ridge line at 2,700 feet msl. The dimensions of the ridge consisted of a useable area about 475 feet long, and 40 feet wide. In preparation for takeoff, he pushed the tail of the airplane to the rear edge of the area. The wind condition was light and variable. He began the takeoff run toward the north, which was slightly downhill. The airplane lifted off the ground, but then began to descend. He said the airplane would not climb, and settled toward numerous small spruce trees. The airplane collided with the trees, and nosed over. It received damage to the right main landing gear, the right wing lift struts, and the left wing spar. The pilot said the airplane may have encountered a tailwind gust, or swirling wind at the departure end of the ridge.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions. Factors in the accident were a windshear, and a short runway area.

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