NTSB Identification: CHI67F0631
14 CFR Part 135 Nonscheduled operation of NORTHERN AIR S
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24, registration: N8868P

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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3-1226  67/4/17    GRAND RAPIDS,MICH   PIPER PA-24         CR-  0  0  1  COMMERCIAL                COMMERCIAL, FL.INSTR.,
        TIME - 0815                    N8868P              PX-  0  0  0  AIR TAXI-PASSG            AGE 26, 2400 TOTAL HOURS,
                                       DAMAGE-SUBSTANTIAL  OT-  0  0  0                            200 IN TYPE, INSTRUMENT
                                                                                                   RATED.
        NAME OF AIRPORT - GRAND RAPIDS
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           GEAR RETRACTED                                           TAKEOFF: RUN
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           PILOT IN COMMAND - RETRACTED GEAR PREMATURELY
        FACTOR(S)
           WEATHER - UNFAVORABLE WIND CONDITIONS
        WEATHER BRIEFING - BRIEFED BY WEATHER BUREAU PERSONNEL, IN PERSON
        WEATHER FORECAST - FORECAST SUBSTANTIALLY CORRECT
        SKY CONDITION                                            CEILING AT ACCIDENT SITE
          BROKEN                                                    2600
        VISIBILITY AT ACCIDENT SITE                              PRECIPITATION AT ACCIDENT SITE
          5 OR OVER(UNLIMITED)                                     NONE
        OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISION AT ACCIDENT SITE                  RELATIVE BEARING OF WIND
          NONE                                                     RIGHT QUARTERING HEAD WIND 023-067 DEGREES
        TEMPERATURE-F                                            WIND DIRECTION-DEGREES
           64                                                      210
        WIND VELOCITY-KNOTS                                      TYPE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS
           18                                                      VFR
        TYPE OF FLIGHT PLAN
          NONE
        REMARKS- PLT CONTINUED TAKEOFF. LEFT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED ON SUBSEQUENT LNDG. 30 DEGREE X-WIND,18 KTS,GUSTS.

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