Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Placerville Airport

Placerville, California 95667
Monday, December 8, 2003 6:55 PST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The airplane entered a stall/mush condition during the takeoff initial climb, descended back to ground impact, veered off the runway, and collided with trees and terrain. A witness saw the airplane taxi to the runway about 0650. The nearest weather reporting station was 20 miles northwest, and at 0630, recorded a temperature of 03 C, the dew point 0 C, with clear sky conditions. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector lives 8 miles from the airport and reported that there was frost on his outdoor furniture that morning. Another pilot stopped by the airport around 0510, and noted that the top of the wings of his airplane and others had frost and ice on them. The first responder to the accident reported that large water droplets covered the tops of the wing. The wreckage was located approximately 1,450 feet down the runway and 140 feet to the south on downhill sloping terrain. Approximately 1,250 feet down the runway, a 21-foot-long ground scar resembling tire tracks was located on a grass shoulder area on the south side off the runway. The track was angled away from the runway and ran in a direction pointing towards the airplane wreckage. The tracks originated about the middle of a grass shoulder area that parallels the runway. Between and forward of two narrow parallel tracks was an elongated and much wider area of disturbed earth that approximated the dimensions of the aircraft's nose. Examination of the wreckage found no evidence of a preimpact malfunction or failure of the control system or power plant. Following recovery of the wreckage, the engine was test run successfully while still installed in the airframe. Using the airplane flight manual the takeoff ground roll under the accident ambient conditions was calculated as 912 feet and the distance to clear a 50-foot obstacle was 1,556 feet. The normal takeoff flap configuration, as described in the Flight Manual, is the 10-degree setting. The flaps were found in the retracted position with the cockpit control in a matching setting.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
the pilot's failure to fully remove an accumulation of ice and frost on the wings, which led to an inadvertent stall/mush and collision with the ground. A factor in the accident was the pilot's failure to correctly configure the flaps for takeoff.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date12/8/2003 
Event Day of the WeekMonday 
Time of Event655 
Event Time ZonePacific Standard Time 
Event CityPlacerville 
Event StateCALIFORNIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site95667 
Event Date Year2003 
Event Date Month12 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude384327N 
Event Location Longitude1204520W 
Event Location AirportPlacerville 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDKPVF 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation630 Pacific Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)295 
Weather Observation Facility IDKAUN 
Elevation of weather observation facility1531 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)20 
Time Zone of the weather observationPST 
Lighting ConditionsDawn 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)80 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.13 
Density Altitude (feet)1218 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)17583 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateDec 8 2003 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1230 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 28 2005 2:59PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\JOHB  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeWP-FSDO-Sacramento, CA 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN14XL 
NTSB NumberLAX04FA064 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameIniziative Industriali Italian 
Aircraft ModelSky Arrow 650 TC 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial NumberC003 
Certified Max Gross Weight1433 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionApr 4 2003 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection121.8 
Airframe Hours1073 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameTerry W. Robinson 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner CityPlacerville 
Aircraft Owner StateCA 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode95667 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name-- 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street AddressOn File 
Operator CityPlacerville 
Operator StateCA 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code95667 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeKPVF 
Departure CityPlacerville 
Departure StateCA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time655 
Departure Time ZonePST 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeKPAO 
Destination CityPalo Alto 
Destination StateCA 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff 
Report sent to ICAO?Yes 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to record-- 
User who most recently changed record-- 
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location23 
Runway Length4200 
Runway Width75 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--