On July 4, 2000, at 0810 mountain daylight time, an amateur built, Creed Lancair 235, N235RC, piloted by a private pilot, sustained substantial damage when the aircraft departed runway 19 (4,505 feet by 100 feet, asphalt) during an aborted takeoff at the Hot Springs Municipal Airport (HSR), Hot Springs, South Dakota. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91, and was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and single passenger reported no injuries. The flight was departing the Hot Springs Airport at the time of the accident with an intended destination of Huron, South Dakota.

In a written statement the pilot indicated that the winds at takeoff were 360 at 8 knots. He indicated that he received two separated weather briefings, one at one hour ten minutes before the flight and the other one ten minutes prior to the flight. He stated that he observed other pilots using runway 19, and subsequently taxied to runway 19. He "departed runway 19. Aircraft never developed lift and overran runway end. Wind had shifted 180 degrees in 20-30 minutes and pilot did not re-check wind before takeoff."

Weather readings were taken at the Rapid City Regional Airport, Rapid City, South Dakota, located 50 miles from HSR on a 020-degree magnetic bearing. Winds reported at 0555 local were 010 degrees at 5 knots. Winds reported at 0655 local were 010 at 16 knots. Winds reported at 0755, 15 mintes prior to the accident were 040 at 9 knots gusting to 17 knots. Winds reported at 0855, 45 minutes after the accident, were 340 at 8 knots.

Temperature 15 minutes prior to the accident was 20 degrees C, with an altimeter reading of 29.87. The field elevation of HSR is 3,202 feet. The density altitude was 4,613 feet.

HSR has a windsock that is located directly across the runway from the parking ramp.

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