NTSB Identification: DEN01LA083.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 08, 2001 in Telluride, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250, registration: N7736P
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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After takeoff, the pilot retracted the landing gear at about 50 feet above the ground and began his initial climb. A gust of wind struck the airplane, and it descended and struck the runway with the landing gear in the retracted position. At the time of the accident, the winds were from 230 degrees at 9 knots. The two previous weather readings indicated that the winds were variable. At 1352, the winds were 170 to 240 degrees at 13 knots gusting to 21 knots. At 1411, the winds were 150 to 250 degrees at 8 knots. The airfield elevation is 9,070 feet MSL. The altimeter setting was 29.91, and temperature was 1 degree Celcius/33.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Density altitude was 9,551 feet MSL.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during initial climb. Factors include the gusty wind and high density altitude conditions.

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