NTSB Identification: WPR10CA360
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 25, 2010 in Burns, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2010
Aircraft: MEYER MEYER-LEGACY, registration: N29MM
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 pilot reported that the airplane was at the departure airport to be painted. After the job was completed, he added fuel and taxied to runway 30. He applied full engine power and began the takeoff roll in line with his normal procedure. Immediately after the airplane lifted off the runway surface the right wing dropped and the pilot applied a full control stick deflection in an effort to recover. As the wings regained a level attitude he eased the left control stick deflection and the right wing dropped again. The right wing contacted the runway surface and the airplane impacted the ground 20 degrees to the right of the runway centerline. The pilot opined that the airplane had encountered a strong wind, akin to a dust devil. He reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane. As a result of the accident, the airplane incurred damage to the engine mounts, flaps, and left side fuselage. A routine aviation weather report (METAR) for the departure airport, issued at the time of the accident, reported winds from 170 degrees at 20 knots, gusting to 32 knots with squall conditions.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for the wind conditions, resulting in a loss of lateral and directional control during takeoff.

Full narrative available

Index for Jun2010 | Index of months