NTSB Identification: DEN88LA015.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34941.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 25, 1987 in TIMBERON, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260C, registration: N9375P
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor,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.

ON TAKEOFF WITH A 10 TO 15 KNOT TAILWIND AND 10 DEGREES OF FLAPS, A 20 DEGREE TURN WAS ATTEMPTED AT 60 FEET AGL. THE PILOT STATED A DOWNDRAFT FORCED THE AIRCRAFT BACK TO THE GROUND. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A WOODPILE AND SEVERAL SMALL TREES.POST-CRASH FIRE DESTROYED MOST OF THE AIRCRAFT.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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