Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Montague Airport

Montague, California 96064
Tuesady, April 6, 2004 15:50 PDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The airplane collided with terrain following an in-flight loss of control. The pilot was practicing short field takeoffs and landings on runway 5/23, a turf runway 2,080 feet long. His first landing was on runway 23. He taxied back to he departure end of runway 23 and departed with 20 degrees of flaps. He made a right-hand traffic pattern, and repeated the procedure. The pilot then departed runway 5, starting the departure roll approximately 600 feet from the beginning of the runway. At the intersection of runway 14/32, an asphalt runway, the airplane bounced and became airborne. The airplane climbed to approximately 350 feet agl, and then began turning right. The pilot attempted to correct the right turn with left rudder and aileron. The airplane shuddered and began to stall just prior to impact into an open field. The airplane slid 300 feet before coming to rest. The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions with the airplane prior to the accident.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
the pilot's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed during the takeoff climb, which led to a stall/mush. Factors to the accident were the uneven intersection of the two runways, and the pilot's failure to use all of the available runway, and the premature liftoff from the runway.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date4/6/2004 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1550 
Event Time ZonePacific Daylight Time 
Event CityMontague 
Event StateCALIFORNIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site96064 
Event Date Year2004 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude414350N 
Event Location Longitude1223244W 
Event Location AirportMontague 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID1O6 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles0.25 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility IDSIY 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observation-- 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
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) -- 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)18 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)14 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)-- 
Variable Wind Indicator-- 
Wind Speed (knots)-- 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.03 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
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)15720 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateApr 6 2004 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1615 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordJun 30 2004 12:15PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeWP-SAC-FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN686H 
NTSB NumberLAX04CA179 
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 NameBeech 
Aircraft Model95-A55 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial NumberTC292 
Certified Max Gross Weight-- 
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 gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection-- 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledUnknown 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NamePerry Garrison and Thomas Fischer 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner CityAnchorage 
Aircraft Owner StateAK 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode-- 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameThomas Fischer 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator CityAnchorage 
Operator StateAK 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code99503 
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 Board-- 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport Code1O5  
Departure CityMontague 
Departure StateCA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1545 
Departure Time ZonePDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code-- 
Destination City-- 
Destination State-- 
Destination Country-- 
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 29 2004 4:07PM 
User who most recently changed recordCOOS  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--