NTSB Identification: LAX83FA037
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 20, 1982 in SANTA PAULA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/20/1983
Aircraft: TIFFT-V VARIEZE, registration: N115EZ
Injuries: 2 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.

DURING TAKEOFF THE ACFT DID NOT BECOME AIRBORNE UNTIL REACHING THE END OF THE RWY. AFTER FLYING UNDER THE FIRST SET OF WIRES THE LEFT MAIN GEAR STRUCK THE ROOF OF A SMALL HOUSE OFF THE EAST END OF THE FIELD, TAKING DOWN A TV ANTENNA. THE ACFT ENGAGED HEAVY COMMERCIAL TV COAX WHICH LODGED BETWEEN THE NOSE CONE & CANARD TURNING THE ACFT APPROXIMATELY 180 DEG. THE PLT STATED THE WIND SHIFTED DURING THE TAKEOFF.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND

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