NTSB Identification: DEN84FA278.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26701.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 16, 1984 in MEADOW LAKE, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N5895D
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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.

ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE PLT MAKE A X-WIND APCH FOR A LANDING FROM WEST TO EAST IN WINDS THAT WERE FROM THE SOUTH AT 10 TO 12 MPH. REPORTEDLY THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN WITH THE RIGHT WING HIGH, THEN THE PLT APPLIED POWER & INITIATED A GO-AROUND AT ABOUT MIDFIELD. THE ACFT LIFTED OFF AT A SLOW SPEED & IMMEDIATELY TURNED NORTH, THEN TURNED BACK RIGHT TO THE EAST-NORTHEAST. ONE WITNESS STATED THAT THE ACFT WAS FLYING ABOUT 30 TO 40 FT OFF THE GROUND WHEN THE NOSE ROSE SHARPLY & THE ACFT ASCENDED TO ABOUT 100 FT AGL. THE ACFT THEN ENTERED A STEEP DESCENT & CRASHED. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE WAS FOUND. THE DENSITY ALT AT THE ARPT WAS CALCULATED TO BE 8158 FT.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE



Contributing Factors

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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