Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary WPR21LA307

Metaline Falls, WA, USA

Aircraft #1




The pilot reported that, during takeoff initial climb, as the airplane passed over the departure end of the runway, it stopped climbing and started to sink. The pilot thought it was windshear and initiated a right turn to avoid trees, while lowering the nose to regain airspeed. The airplane subsequently descended into trees and terrain. The fuselage was substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s failure to attain sufficient altitude during the initial climb to clear trees due to an encounter with windshear.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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