Aircraft: Zenith CH701. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Paxton, Illinois. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, he took off with a slight, quartering tailwind in high density altitude conditions.
The airplane did not continue climbing or gain altitude and the pilot realized that he would not clear power-lines at the end of the runway, so he banked the plane to the left and made a hard landing in the grass.
Probable cause: The pilot’s decision to take off with a tailwind in high density altitude conditions.
NTSB Identification: CEN11CA486This July 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.