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N88237 accident description

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Crash location 35.094722°N, 106.164444°W
Nearest city Edgewood, NM
35.061436°N, 106.191414°W
2.8 miles away
Tail number N88237
Accident date 20 Jun 2017
Aircraft type Bellanca 7GCBC
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that, about 8 seconds into the takeoff roll in gusting wind conditions at high density altitude, the airplane "suddenly and expectantly lifted off the runway in a steep angle of attack." He added that, he immediately reduced power to idle to abort the initial climb, and the airplane "settled back onto the runway but landed hard." He further added that, during the landing roll, directional control was lost and the airplane veered off the runway, coming to rest in the dirt alongside the runway.

The fuselage, left wing, and aileron sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

An automated weather observation station, 10 nautical miles southeast of the accident airport, 5 minutes before the accident, reported the wind from 150° at 16 knots, gusting 25 knots. The pilot reported that he observed the wind from 300° at 8 knots, gusting to 15 knots. He reported that the takeoff was on runway 9. He further reported that the density altitude was 10,000 ft. at the departure airport.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's decision to take off with a gusting tailwind, which resulted in a loss of pitch control during the initial climb and a subsequent hard landing and loss of directional control.

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