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N513CW accident description

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Crash location 36.421945°N, 105.289722°W
Nearest city Angle Fire, NM
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Tail number N513CW
Accident date 15 Jan 2012
Aircraft type Piper PA-32RT-300
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

During the initial takeoff climb from runway 17, the airplane veered abruptly to the left and started to sink. The pilot elected to abort the takeoff and the airplane settled back to the ground. As the airplane rolled through the snow, the nosewheel and the left main landing gear collapsed. A postaccident examination of the airframe revealed that the outboard portion of the left wing was substantially damaged. The pilot estimated the winds at 20 to 30 knots. Winds at the time of the accident were recorded as 250 degrees at 26 knots gusting to 37 knots. No preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures were found that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot did not maintain control of the airplane during the takeoff in gusting crosswind conditions.

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