NTSB Identification: MKC85LA090.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27590.
Accident occurred Friday, April 26, 1985 in TAYLOR, MO
Aircraft: LESTER F.W. WEST VP-1, registration: N80LW
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 PILOT USED ONLY HALF OF THE AVAILABLE 2900 FEET OF RUNWAY ON HIS FIRST FLIGHT IN THIS HOMEBUILT AIRPLANE. HE LOST FLYING SPEED CLIMBING OVER WIRES AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY, WENT AROUND TREES AND LANDED HARD ON A HIGHWAY MEDIAN.

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

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

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

ALL AVAILABLE RUNWAY..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PERFORMANCE DATA..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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