NTSB Identification: DEN04LA146.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 21, 2004 in Lordsberg, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/2005
Aircraft: Smith Aerostar 601P, registration: N11BE
Injuries: 1 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.

According to the pilot, during the take off roll from runway 12, the airplane "veered 30 degrees to the right, departed the runway, and came to rest a couple of hundred yards away in sagebrush," causing substantial damage. The pilot stated that prior to the take-off roll, he observed the wind sock "hanging down indicating a no-wind situation." The winds 33 miles northeast of the airport were reported as 250 degrees at 11 knots with gusts to 17 knots. According to a witness, the airplane got caught in a whirlwind. An examination of the airplane's systems revealed no anomalies.

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

aircraft control not maintained by the pilot. Contributing to the accident was the dirt devil/whirlwind.

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