NTSB Identification: DEN83LA112.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21641.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 15, 1983 in BUFFALO, WY
Aircraft: STINSON 108-3, registration: N585C
Injuries: 3 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.

THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE ATTEMPTED TO TAKEOFF ON RWY 30 WITH A LEFT X-WIND FROM 210 DEG AT 25, GUSTING 30 KTS. AT APRX 45 MPH, AFTER HE HAD RAISED THE TAIL OF THE ACFT INTO THE TAKEOFF ATTITUDE, A GUST OF WIND WAS ENCOUNTERED & THE ACFT WEATHERVANED TO THE LEFT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE RIGHT WING TIP HIT THE RWY, THE PROPELLER CONTACTED SOD BESIDE THE RWY, AND REPORTEDLY, THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR WAS DAMAGED. THE PLT SAID THERE WAS A SMALL THUNDERSTORM APRX 2 MI AWAY, APPROACHING THE ARPT.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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