NTSB Identification: DEN05CA116.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 29, 2005 in Saratoga, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Cessna 210E, registration: N2361F
Injuries: 3 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.
During the takeoff roll, the airplane experienced difficulty in rotating. Eventually, the airplane did lift off and the pilot stated he raised the landing gear. The airplane encountered a crosswind during the departure climb, "stalled and dropped quickly to the ground." The airplane impacted the ground and slid for approximately 100 feet, causing substantial damage. An examination of the airplane's systems, conducted by the FAA, revealed no anomalies. The take off weight of the airplane was calculated to be 3,260 pounds. According to the Cessna Pilot Operating Handbook, the maximum gross weight of the airplane is 3,100 pounds. Density altitude was calculated to be approximately 10,150 feet.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control and the pilot's improper preflight planning/preparation. Contributing factors include the pilot's failure to maintain airspeed resulting in an inadvertent stall/mush, the pilot's failure to calculate a weight and balance, and the high density altitude. Full narrative available
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