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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133534
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Date:04-JUL-1997
Time:14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C206 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna P206B
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N4733F
C/n / msn: P206-0333
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Desert Center, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:L35
Destination airport:L64
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On July 4, 1997, at 1400 hours Pacific daylight time, a Cessna P206B, N4733F, veered off runway 5 on the takeoff roll, and collided with bushes at the Desert Center, California, airport. The aircraft was destroyed by the ensuing fire, and the owner/pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions existed for the personal flight that originated from the Big Bear Lake, California, airport at 0930.

The pilot reported that just prior to liftoff a gust of wind "slammed me to the right about 20 degrees to 30 degrees off the center line of the runway." He reported that he evacuated the aircraft due to the smell of fire. The pilot stated that "as I was walking to find water and a phone, I noticed 3 twisters (dirt devils) going away from the runway and 2 twisters coming toward the runway."

According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector form the Riverside, California, Flight Standards District Office who is familiar with this airport, this weather phenomena is common during the summer months, and is not associated with any specific wind condition.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's unexpected encounter with dust devils during the takeoff ground roll.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001208X08420


Revision history:

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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