NTSB Identification: NYC84FGM06.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26303.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 07, 1984 in BROWNSVILLE, PA
Aircraft: Teratorn Aircraft, Inc. II, registration: N4475V
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 OWNER/PLT HAD PREVIOUS FLOWN THE HOME BUILT ACFT WHICH WAS CONSTRUCTED SIMILAR TO AN ULTRALIGHT. AN OPTIONAL PILOT ENCLOSURE (CANVAS COVERING OVER THE PLT COMPARTMENT) HAD JUST BEEN INSTALLED. ON 7/7/84, THE OWNER/PLT TAXI CHECKED THE ACFT FOR ABOUT 30 MIN, THEN ELECTED TO TAKEOFF. THE TAKEOFF AREA WAS ON ROLLING/HILLY TERRAIN WITH THE 1ST PART OF THE TAKEOFF ROLL PROCEEDING UPHILL. THE ACFT BECAME AIRBORNE, BUT ACCORDING TO THE PLT, HE COULD NOT CLEAR TREES. HE MANEUVERED TO AVOID THE TREES, BUT SUBSEQUENTLY STALLED & CRASH LANDED. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..UPHILL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


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