NTSB Identification: DEN85LA150.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27690.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 02, 1985 in CUT BANK, MT
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-135, registration: N2491A
Injuries: 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.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FLT WAS TO CLEAN THE ACFT SPRAY SYS. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE INITIATED A DOWNHILL/DONWIND TAKEOFF IN WINDS THAT WERE LIGHT, BUT GUSTING. AT LIFT-OFF, THE PLT LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL & THE ACFT MUSHED & CRASHED. THE PLT BELIEVED THE ACCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED BY 'HOLDING THE ACFT ON THE GROUND LONGER & MAINTAINING BETTER DIRECTIONAL CONTROL.' THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 4150 FT.

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE

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