Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Cameron Air Park Airport

Cameron Park, California 95682
Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:35 PDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
A television news crew was filming general airplane operations at the airport and captured the accident on video. The video begins with the airplane on its takeoff roll, accelerating almost 2/3 down the runway before getting airborne. The windsock at the approach end of the runway appeared limp, indicating little to no wind. Once airborne the airplane climbed to approximately 40 feet, the wings began to wobble, and it settled back down to the ground into the rising terrain off the end of the runway, slid on the ground, and abruptly flipped over onto its back. Immediately after liftoff the plane is observed to crab to the left about 7 degrees while remaining over the runway centerline, indicating the airplane went from a calm wind condition to suddenly being affected by a left crosswind very early in the initial climb. A video study concluded that the airplane's ground speed was 80 plus or minus 4 knots as it crossed the end of the runway, speeds consistent with the POH recommended speed for the climb. The airplane was equipped with an engine turbonormalizing system which, according to the supplemental type certificate (STC), allowed for an increase in gross weight to 4,000 pounds when operated in the normal category. The outside air temperature was 96 degrees F and the field elevation is 1,286 feet msl, which resulted in a density altitude of 4,125 feet. The airplane's weight at the time of takeoff was 4,095 pounds. The airplane was also instrumented with a JPI EDM-800 Engine Analyzer. The data revealed consistent engine operation throughout the takeoff and climb at a power level between 91 and 94 percent. The highest terrain elevation directly ahead of the airplane was 1,350 feet msl, approximately 4,860 feet from the point the airplane started its takeoff roll. The elevation difference between the point the airplane left the runway and the elevated terrain directly ahead was 80 feet. Based on the STC documentation, the calculated takeoff distance to clear a 50-foot object was 4,030 feet. An independent computer model simulating the performance of the airplane at a weight of 4,100 pounds and 4,100 feet msl density altitude resulted in the airplane climbing at 911 feet per minute and clearing the terrain directly ahead of it by 148 feet. The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff he felt a gust of wind from the left. The video depicts no wind at the midfield windsock and a left crosswind at the departure end, with trees in the background waving in what appears to be a moderate breeze. No determination could be made regarding whether the crosswind that was encountered had a tailwind or headwind component. Based on all the evidence it is likely that the airplane encountered a sudden wind from the left in the takeoff initial climb that degraded the airplane's climb performance and led to a stall mush condition.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The airplane's sudden encounter with a wind shift during the initial takeoff climb that resulted in degraded climb performance and a stall mush condition. Contributing to the accident was the airplane's over gross weight condition, high density altitude, the pilot's inability to compensate for the sudden wind shift, and rising terrain in the departure path.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date8/30/2007 
Event Day of the WeekThursday 
Time of Event1235 
Event Time ZonePacific Daylight Time 
Event CityCameron Park 
Event StateCALIFORNIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site95682 
Event Date Year2007 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude384126N 
Event Location Longitude1205935W 
Event Location AirportCameron Air park 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDKO61 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation1293 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1245 Pacific Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)225 
Weather Observation Facility IDKMHR 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)17 
Time Zone of the weather observationPDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height10000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
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)38 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)13 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)180 
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) 29.89 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
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)24366 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateAug 30 2007 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 26 2008 6:40PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\lema  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeSacramento, CA FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN1098F 
NTSB NumberLAX07FA258 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedVFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameRaytheon Aircraft Company 
Aircraft ModelA36 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number3059 
Certified Max Gross Weight4000 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
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 InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionOct 1 2006 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection77 
Airframe Hours1108 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameAerometals 
Aircraft Owner Street Address2202 W Charleston Blvd Ste 7 
Aircraft Owner CityLas Vegas 
Aircraft Owner StateNV 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode89102 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameBen R. Martin 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street AddressOn File 
Operator CityFolsom 
Operator StateCA 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code95630 
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 CodeKO61 
Departure CityCameron Park 
Departure StateCA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1235 
Departure Time ZonePDT 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport Code-- 
Destination CityEnsenada 
Destination State-- 
Destination CountryMX  
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 19 2008 4:21PM 
User who most recently changed recordCOOS  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location31 
Runway Length4051 
Runway Width50 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--