NTSB Identification: CEN09CA465
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 23, 2009 in Colorado Springs, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/2009
Aircraft: PIPER PA32R, registration: N301RT
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.

According to the pilot, the tower controller cautioned for wind shear and then cleared the flight to depart. The pilot delayed momentarily to assess the wind conditions and then departed. The airplane climbed to 75 feet, and then began to lose altitude as if the airplane was "being pushed down." The pilot applied corrective measures but was unable to arrest the descent. The airplane impacted the runway resulting in substantial damage to the airplane. The automated special weather observation report, issued shortly after the time of the accident, reported winds variable from 100 degrees to 160 degrees at 7 knots with light rain.

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

The pilot's low altitude encounter with windshear during takeoff.

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