NTSB Identification: DEN00LA012.
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Accident occurred Thursday, October 28, 1999 in ANGEL FIRE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/2000
Aircraft: Beech B-60, registration: N243RC
Injuries: 1 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.
A pilot/witness said that the airplane had been in for maintenance in Albuquerque, and he flew N243RC to Angel Fire for the accident pilot. The pilot/witness said that at approximately 1400 he landed the airplane on runway 17 with the wind from 230 degrees for 20 knots with gusts to 25 knots. The pilot taxied to runway 35, and started his takeoff roll with winds 230 to 270 degrees for 22 knots with gusts to 30 knots according to the FBO manager. Approximately 2 minutes later the pilot transmitted a distress call. Another witness observed the airplane 90 degrees to the runway approximately 1,000 feet from the threshold. He said that the airplane departed the left side of the runway at a 30 degree angle approximately 400 feet from the threshold. He said that there was no indication of nose wheel ground contact for the first 150 feet of runway departure. He further observed that airplane encountered wet earth while simultaneously encountering a dirt embankment with the left wing.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control, and the pilot's inadequate decision to attempt the takeoff. Factors were the strong left rear cross wind, and the dirt embankment. Full narrative available
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