NTSB Identification: NYC84FA096.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25187.
Accident occurred Friday, March 02, 1984 in WAITSFIELD, VT
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N4643C
Injuries: 1 Serious,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 COLLIDED WITH TREES DURING TAKEOFF. THE RWY WAS SNOW COVERED 4 TO 6 INCHES DEEP AND WAS ONLY 1800 FT LONG. THE TAKEOFF WAS ON A BEARING OF 130 DEGREES. THE WIND WAS FROM 280 DEGREES AT 14 KTS. THE SKIS ON THE ACFT HAD WHEELS PROTRUDING THROUGH AT THE MAXIMUM SETTING. DURING TAXI CONSIDERABLE POWER WAS NEEDED BECAUSE OF DRAG AND SNOW DENSITY. DURING TAKEOFF THE ACFT WAS AIRBORNE 3 TIMES. THE FLT WAS UNABLE TO CLEAR THE TREES SO THE PLT STALLED THE ACFT INTO THETHINNEST TREE AREA. THE PLT SAID THERE WERE NO PRE-IMPACT MALFUNCTIONS OF THE ACFT.

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

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

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

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

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,SKI ASSEMBLY..IMPROPER


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

STALL..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)

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