ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 132880
Last updated: 2 October 2014
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Date:16-SEP-1994
Time:1820
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28R-201
Owner/operator:Sundance Flying Club
Registration: N30150
C/n / msn: 28R-7837312
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fort Bragg, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:SQL
Narrative:
On September 16, 1994, at 1820 hours Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-201, N30150, collided with trees after an in-flight loss of control during the takeoff climb from runway 16 at the Fort Bragg Airport, Fort Bragg, California. The airplane was operated by Sundance Flying Club, Palo Alto, California, and rented by the pilot for a personal flight. The airplane was destroyed in the collision sequence. The certificated private pilot and one passenger received minor injuries. Two other passengers received serious injuries. The flight to Fort Bragg originated from San Carlos, California, at 1615 hours and the pilot was returning to San Carlos at the time of the accident. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

The pilot indicated the airplane stalled about 3/4 mile from the departure end of runway 16. The pilot heard the stall warning sound at 80 knots of airspeed as he was reaching for the landing gear lever. The airplane's left wing dropped to a 10-degree angle of bank, followed by a 60-degree right roll. The airplane settled and collided with trees in a 30-degree right bank.

The pilot also stated he encountered an offshore breeze from his right once the airplane cleared the trees surrounding the airport. He did state that the winds on the airport surface were calm, while low-level clouds were moving very fast at the western end of the tree line. He reported no mechanical malfunctions.
PROBABLE CAUSE:the pilot's failure to adequately anticipate and compensate for the existing crosswind/windshear conditions during the takeoff initial climb.

Sources:
NTSB id 20001206X02292


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