NTSB Identification: FTW85FRD03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29660.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 21, 1985 in WELSH, LA
Aircraft: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY PREDATOR 480, registration: N480AG
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 ACFT IMPACTED THE TERRAIN IN AN UNCONTROLLED DESCENT DURING THE INITIAL TAKEOFF CLIMB. THE PLT REPORTED THAT AFTER TAKEOFF AT AN ALT OF APRX 20 FT AGL, THE ACFT ROLLED 20 TO 25 DEGS TO THE RIGHT. AFTER CORRECTING FOR THE ROLL, THE PLT STATED, THE ACFT SETTLED TO GROUND IMPACT. WITNESSES REPORTED THE GRASS AIRSTRIP USED FOR TAKEOFF CONTAINED 7 TO 8 INCH HIGH GRASS AND IT WAS WET FROM A 2 INCH RAINFALL ON THE PREVIOUS DAY. A SLIGHT QUARTERING TAILWIND WAS ALSO REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN PRESENT AT THE TIME.

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

LIFT-OFF..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..WET


Contributing Factors

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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