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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139282
Last updated: 17 July 2020
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Type:Evans VP-1 Volksplane
Registration: N331EJ
C/n / msn: P15
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Airpark East Airport - 1F7, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Rockwall, TX (1F7)
Destination airport:Rockwall, TX (1F7)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, after a preflight inspection and normal run up, he taxied to the runway for takeoff. The airplane lifted off the runway about midfield but was not climbing as expected, although the engine was operating normally. As the airplane climbed through about 100 feet above ground level, the pilot thought that the airplane was losing lift or stalling, so he lowered the nose and simultaneously banked right to avoid the tops of a stand of trees near the departure end of the runway. During the turn, the airplane stalled and impacted the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. The pilot reported that the airplane was near its maximum gross takeoff weight at the time of the accident, which could have explained the less-than-expected climb performance. He also stated that if he had not had to maneuver away from trees just beyond the departure end of the runway, he may have effected a landing without incident.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s inadequate preflight planning, in that he did not determine whether the airplane’s climb performance would be sufficient to clear obstacles before initiating take off.



Revision history:

17-Oct-2011 05:27 RobertMB Added
17-Oct-2011 05:38 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Phase, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2011 07:13 Mel Updated [Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:19 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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