NTSB Identification: BFO87LA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34841.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 22, 1987 in GORDONSVILLE, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 421, registration: N9764J
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 PLT BEGAN TAKING OFF FROM A DOWNWARD SLOPING, 2300 FT RWY IN LIGHT WINDS. THE RPRTD TEMP WAS 92 DEG; THE DENSITY ALT WAS ABOUT 2500 FT. THE PLT RPRTD THE ACFT ACCELERATED NORMALLY TO V1 SPEED; HOWEVER, IT HIT THE TOPS OF TREES ABOUT 350 TO 500 FT BEYOND THE RWY, THEN STRUCK THE GROUND AFTER TRAVELING ABOUT ANOTHER 1000 FT. PERFORMANCE CHARTS SHOWED THE ACFT WOULD HAVE NEEDED A TAKEOFF DISTANCE OF 2200 FT TO CLEAR A 50 FT OBSTACLE IN CALM WIND. THE PLT RPRTD THE WIND WAS FROM 010 DEG AT 3 TO 5 KTS. A WITNESS RPRTD A 3 TO 5 KT TAILWIND. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FND.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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