Accident Culver Cadet LCA N37814, Monday 2 January 2006
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Date:Monday 2 January 2006
Time:10:15 LT
Type:Culver Cadet LCA
Registration: N37814
MSN: 323
Total airframe hrs:895 hours
Engine model:Franklin 4AC-199-E3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Alamogordo, New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Timberon Airf., NM (52NM)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that after takeoff from runway 31, the airplane climbed to approximately 75 feet above ground level and encountered a downdraft. The airplane impacted the runway causing substantial damage. An examination of the airplane's systems revealed no anomalies. Prior to departure, the pilot estimated the wind as 280 degrees at 15 knots. After the accident, a hand held wind meter recorded the winds at 8 knots, gusting to 18 knots.

Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during the departure climb. Contributing factors included the gusty winds and the downdraft.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DEN06CA031
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report



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