NTSB Identification: ATL84LA209.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25237.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 24, 1984 in WILLIAMSPORT, TN
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N6418N
Injuries: 1 Minor,4 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.

PILOT STATED THAT WHILE DEPARTING FROM A SMALL 2000 FOOT LONG PRIVATE STRIP THE ENGINE APPEARED TO LOOSE POWER. THE AIRCRAFT WOULD NOT CLIMB AND COLLIDED WITH A TREE AT THE DEPARTURE ENS OF THE RWY. THE ACFT THEN COLLIDED WITH SEVERAL OTHER TREES PRIOR TO COLLIDING WITH THE GRND. POST CRASH RUNNING OF THE ENG REVEALED NO EVIDENCE TO INDICATE ANYPRECRASH MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. WITNESSES STATED THAT AFTER LIFT-OFF THE ACFT APPEARED TO LEVEL OFF AT 10 TO15 FT AGL AND FLEW STRAIGHT AHEAD COLLIDING WITH THE TREES. THERE WAS NO ATTEMPT TO AVOID THE TREES WHICH HAD CLEAR AREAS ON BOTH SIDES. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT, THE PLT REPORTED LIFTING OFF AT 80 KTS, BUT IN A VERBAL STATEMENT, HE SAID HE HAD LIFTED OFF AT 40 KTS. ALSO, A WITNESS SAID THE GEAR STARTED RETRACTING JUST AFTER LIFT-OFF. ACCORDING TO THE PLT'S HANDBOOK, THE MAX PERFORMANCE CLIMB SPEED WAS 72 KTS & THE GEAR SHOULD HAVE BEEN RETRACTED AFTER OBSTACLES HAD BEEN CLEARED.

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

GEAR RETRACTION..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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