NTSB Identification: DEN05LA109.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 01, 2005 in Canon City, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA46-500TP, registration: N804JH
Injuries: 2 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 pilot stated that the pilot of a Twin Commander in front of him performed a go-around due to "erratic winds at the approach end of runway 11" and he elected to do the same. During the second approach, he became distracted maintaining a safe distance from the Twin Commander in front of him. He stated that during the landing, the winds shifted from a right crosswind to a left crosswind and then to a left quartering tailwind. The pilot stated that during the touchdown and landing roll, the airplane drifted to the left and he overcorrected. The airplane exited the runway to the right and ground looped, coming to a rest off the runway. Both the left and right main landing gear collapsed causing substantial damage. The METAR 30 nautical miles east reported the winds as 110 degrees at 10 knots. The METAR 30 nautical miles northeast reported the winds as 140 degrees at 12 knots.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. Contributing factors include the crosswind and windshear conditions.

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