Prior to takeoff, the pilot performed a run-up of the Cessna 210’s engine and all systems were normal. During the takeoff from the airport in Guymon, Okla., he rotated the plane at 67 knots and retracted the landing gear. Shortly thereafter, the plane began to descend toward the runway.
The pilot attempted to apply aft elevator control, however the plane continued to settle toward the runway.
The pilot said he “kept trying to fly higher…” and the propeller hit the runway surface.
After the runway contact, he continued to keep the airplane airborne. When he realized the airplane would not climb, he moved it over toward a grass area. The airplane hit terrain, rotated to the right, and came to rest upright in a ravine adjacent to the runway.
A pilot-rated witness reported he thought the airplane stalled during the takeoff.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed during takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and collision with terrain.
NTSB Identification: CEN14CA092
This December 2013 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.