NTSB Identification: DEN90LA145.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42620.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 27, 1990 in MONTE VISTA, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/09/1992
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA5B, registration: N28421
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 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.
THE COMMERCIAL PILOT WAS FLYING AN ORIENTATION FLIGHT WITH THREE PASSENGERS. THE COMPUTED DENSITY ALTITUDE WAS 11,000 FEET. HE SAID THE PLANE SEEMED SLUGGISH DURING GROUND RUN. HE SAID HE LIFTED OFF AT 70 MPH, FLEW INTO GROUND EFFECT, BUT COULD NOT ACCELERATE TO CLIMB SPEED. HE SAID THE PLANE SETTLED BACK ONTO THE 6,000 FOOT RUNWAY AT LEAST TWICE BEFORE IT ATTAINED 5 FEET AGL AND REMAINED ALOFT. HE SAID HE ELECTED TO CONTINUE THE FLIGHT. HE STATED THAT THE PLANE STRUCK A FENCE 150 FEET BEYOND THE END OF THE RUNWAY AND THEN A GRAVEL ROAD AND BURST INTO FLAMES. THE WRECKAGE WAS DESTROYED IN THE POSTACCIDENT FIRE. A WITNESS STATED THAT THE AIRPLANE SEEMED TO LIFT OFF BEFORE ACHIEVING FLYING SPEED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S PREMATURE ROTATION AND LIFTOFF.
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