NTSB Identification: DEN05CA096.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 24, 2005 in Dove Creek, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Aviat A-1B, registration: N42HY
Injuries: 1 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 airplane departed runway 01 with a "slight tailwind," and the flaps extended 10 degrees. Approximately 50 feet agl, the pilot raised the flaps to increase airspeed, and the airplane "started to lose lift." Approaching the end of the runway, the airplane was "slowly losing altitude and the airspeed was approximately 5 knots above the stall speed." With rising terrain ahead, the pilot executed a slow 180 degree left turn back toward the airport. During the turn, the airspeed decreased and the airplane stalled. Subsequently, the airplane impacted terrain in a nose low attitude. The pilot reported no mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain airspeed during initial climb which resulted in an inadvertant stall and impact with terrain.

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