NTSB Identification: DEN85FQA04.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27972.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 06, 1985 in GRANTS, NM
Aircraft: STAR DUSTER TOO SA-300, registration: N65010
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND OF N65010, A STARDUSTER II ON 8/6/85 TOOK OFF FROM GRANTS, NM AT ABOUT 1100 MDT, SOUTH BOUND TO INTERCEPT WINSLOW, AZ VOR, RADIAL 255. WHEN TRYING TO GAIN ALTITUDE THE PILOT STATED THE AIRCRAFT FELT THE EFFECTS OF DENSITY ALTITUDE MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO REACH THE AIRWAY ALTITUDE. A DOWN-DRAFT FINALLY CAUSED THE AIRCRAFT TO LOSE FORWARD AIRSPEED CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO CRASH IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE ELEVATOR TRIM WAS IN A FULL NOSE UP CONDITION. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DEMOLISHED. THERE WAS NO FIRE. THE PILOT RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE ELT ACTIVATED WHICH LED TO THE PILOT'S RESCUE. ACCIDENT ALT WAS 7400 FT MSL.

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

ELEVATOR TRIM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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