NTSB Identification: SEA05CA186.
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Accident occurred Monday, September 05, 2005 in McCall, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-22 (20), registration: N8276C
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.

In a written statement the pilot reported that the airplane's takeoff acceleration was normal and that immediately after takeoff he lowered the airplane's nose and accelerated to best angle of climb while in ground effect. The pilot reported that after reaching best angle he began to climb; however, the airplane's airspeed rapidly decayed. The pilot reported that he lowered the airplane's nose, in response to the loss of airspeed, and turned the aircraft towards the crosswind and lowering terrain. After turning toward lowering terrain the pilot reported that he "landed on ground but hit wire fence." After colliding with the fence, the airplane nosed over resulting in substantial damage. The 1650 METAR observation at McCall, reported weather conditions, in part, as: winds from 260 degrees at 7 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; temperature 22 degrees Celsius; barometric pressure (altimeter) 30.14 inches. The McCall Airport is located in mountainous terrain. The airport elevation is 5,021 feet above mean sea level. The single hard surface runway (16/34) is 6,107 feet long and 75 feet wide.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed during takeoff. A wire fence was a factor in the accident.

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