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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229076
Last updated: 15 October 2020
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Date:16-SEP-2019
Time:10:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic PZ04 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
PZL-104 Draco Turbine Wilga
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N123T
C/n / msn: 00060024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Reno-Stead Airport, NV (KRTS) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Reno-Stead Airport, NV (KRTS)
Destination airport:Spanish Fork, UT (KSPK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that prior to departure, while he refueled the airplane and taxied to the runway, the wind was "picking up and gusting" but "were comfortably within [his] personal and aircraft limits." During takeoff, as he "rolled on the power," the right wing started to lift so he corrected with full control input left but the airplane rolled to the right and impacted terrain. The pilot added that he did not get a wind check.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and fuselage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was 220 at 24 knots, gusting to 38 knots. The airplane was departing from runway 26.
According to the manufacturer's Pilot's Operating Handbook for an unmodified airplane, the maximum demonstrated crosswind is 11.7 knots.
The steady state crosswind component for the accident flight was 15 knots, with gusting winds, the crosswind component for the accident flight was 24 knots.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain bank control during takeoff in gusting crosswind conditions, resulting in a loss of control in flight and subsequent impact with terrain.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20190916X74851&key=1

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

1 Jul 2017 N123T Private 0 Utah County, Utah Lake, Mosida, UT non

Media:


Images:

Photo of N123T courtesy AirHistory.net


Oshkosh - Wittman Regional (KOSH / OSH)
23 July 2018; (c) Gary Vincent

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Sep-2019 19:48 harro Added
16-Sep-2019 19:49 harro Updated [Location, Narrative]
16-Sep-2019 19:54 harro Updated [Narrative]
17-Sep-2019 07:02 harro Updated [Total occupants, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Sep-2019 07:03 harro Updated [Narrative]
23-Mar-2020 18:44 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
23-Mar-2020 18:56 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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