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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172622
Last updated: 5 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C140 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 140
Registration: N2841N
C/n / msn: 13102
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near the Gila River, Yuma, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Yuma, AZ
Destination airport:Buckeye, AZ
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that he landed at a private airstrip earlier in the day and was departing with the intention of returning to his home airstrip. Prior to departure, he noted a left crosswind of about 15 mph. The initial phase of the takeoff was normal, and when becoming airborne, the wind lifted the left wing and the airplane drifted right over the adjacent field. The field was at a lower elevation, and with the loss of ground effect, the airplane sank resulting in the tail wheel colliding with the ground. Thereafter, the main landing gear impacted an irrigation pipe and the airplane flipped over inverted. During the accident sequence the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

The pilot further stated that the accident could have been prevented if they had waited for the wind to have subsided and/or performed the takeoff with the wing flaps extended.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to compensate for crosswind conditions during takeoff, which resulted in the loss of directional control and collision with terrain.


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Revision history:

02-Jan-2015 08:58 gerard57 Added
02-Jan-2015 18:04 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
05-Jan-2015 14:31 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 11:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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