NTSB Identification: DFW05CA148.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 30, 2005 in Marfa, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Aermacchi Bosbok AM 3-C, registration: N8ME
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The 5,855-hour private pilot lost directional control on takeoff and struck a visual approach slope indicator (VASI) light with the left stabilizer/elevator. The pilot reported: "I believe the cause of the accident was pilot error. High density altitude and lifting the tail too soon without attaining enough airspeed."

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

The pilot's failure to attain adequate airspeed, and his premature liftoff resulting in a loss of directional control.

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