NTSB Identification: LAX01LA020.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 21, 2000 in GEORGETOWN, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/23/2001
Aircraft: Ryan ST3KR, registration: N50870
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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The pilot said that on initial climb after takeoff the airplane remained in ground effect until reaching the end of the runway. Thereafter, the airplane stalled and spun after encountering a strong updraft. It impacted a steep, wooded hillside area. The pilot said there were no mechanical problems with the airplane.

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

The airplane's encounter with a strong updraft at the end of the runway that induced an increase in the wing's angle of attack to the critical point, which resulted in an inadvertent stall and spin.

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