Placerville Airport
Aircraft Accident/Incident Report

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

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 Event Accident
Event Date 12/8/2003
Event Day of the Week Monday
Time of Event 655
Event Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
Event City Placerville
Event Country --
Zipcode of the event site 95667
Event Date Year 2003
Event Date Month 12
MidAir Collision Indicator No
On Ground Collision occurred ? No
Event Location Latitude 384327N
Event Location Longitude 1204520W
Event Location Airport Placerville
Event Location Nearest Airport ID KPVF
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airport On Airport
Distance from airport in statute miles --
Degrees magnetic from airport --
Airport Elevation --
Weather Briefing Completeness Unknown
Investigator's weather source Weather Observation Facility
Time of the weather observation 630 Pacific Standard Time
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees) 295
Weather Observation Facility ID KAUN
Elevation of weather observation facility 1531
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?) 20
Time Zone of the weather observation PST
Lighting Conditions Dawn
Lowest Ceiling Height --
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height --
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions Clear
Sky Condition for Lowest Ceiling None
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet) --
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles) --
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius) 3
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit) 0
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic) 80
Variable Wind Indicator Wind direction could be determined
Wind Speed (knots) 3
Wind Velocity Indicator --
Wind Gust Indicator Not 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 Injury Fatal
On Ground, Fatal Injuries --
On Ground, Minor Injuries --
On Ground, Serious Injuries --
Injury Total Fatal 1
Injury Total Minor --
Injury Total None --
Injury Total Serious --
Injury Total All 1
Investigating Agency NTSB
NTSB Docket Number (internal use) 17583
NTSB Notification Source FAA
NTSB Notification Date Dec 8 2003 12:00AM
NTSB Notification Time 1230
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information DMS
Date of most recent change to record Apr 28 2005 2:59PM
User who most recently changed record NTSB\JOHB
Basic weather conditions Visual Meteorological Cond
FAA District Office WP-FSDO-Sacramento, CA

Aircraft Involved

Aircraft #1

Aircraft Registration Number N14XL
NTSB Number LAX04FA064
Missing Aircraft Indicator --
Federal Aviation Reg. Part Part 91: General Aviation
Type of Flight Plan filed None
Flight plan Was Activated? No
Damage Substantial
Aircraft Fire None
Aircraft Explosion None
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full Name Iniziative Industriali Italian
Aircraft Model Sky Arrow 650 TC
Aircraft Series Identifier --
Aircraft Serial Number C003
Certified Max Gross Weight 1433
Aircraft Category Airplane
Aircraft Registration Class U.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 2
Number of Engines 1
Fixed gear or retractable gear Fixed
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection Annual
Date of Last Inspection Apr 4 2003 12:00AM
Airframe hours since last inspection 121.8
Airframe Hours 1073
ELT Installed Yes
ELT Activated No
ELT Aided Location of Event Site No
ELT Type --
Aircraft Owner Name Terry W. Robinson
Aircraft Owner Street Address --
Aircraft Owner City Placerville
Aircraft Owner State CA
Aircraft Owner Country USA
Aircraft Owner Zipcode 95667
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 Address On File
Operator City Placerville
Operator State CA
Operator Country USA
Operator Zip code 95667
Operator Code --
Owner has at least one certificate None
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 No
Departure Point Same as Event Yes
Departure Airport Code KPVF
Departure City Placerville
Departure State CA
Departure Country USA
Departure Time 655
Departure Time Zone PST
Destination Same as Local Flt --
Destination Airport Code KPAO
Destination City Palo Alto
Destination State CA
Destination Country USA
Specific Phase of Flight Takeoff
Report sent to ICAO? Yes
Evacuation occurred No
Date of most recent change to record --
User who most recently changed record --
Since inspection or accident Time of Accident
Event Location Runway Number and Location 23
Runway Length 4200
Runway Width 75
Sight Seeing flight No
Air Medical Flight No
Medical Flight --