NTSB Identification: CHI94LA064.
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Accident occurred Friday, January 14, 1994 in DOWAGIAC, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/1994
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-150, registration: N1346P
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT BEGAN A TAKEOFF ROLL ON A RUNWAY THAT HAD PACKED SNOW AND ICE WHICH WAS COVERED WITH FOUR INCHES OF SNOW. SHORTLY AFTER THE PILOT APPLIED FULL POWER THE AIRPLANE TURNED TOWARD THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY, EVENTUALLY GOING THROUGH A SNOWBANK. THE PILOT STATED HE ATTEMPTED THE CONTROL THE AIRPLANE BUT WAS UNABLE TO DO SO ON THE 100 FOOT WIDE RUNWAY. THE PILOT STATED THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL IRREGULARITIES WITH THE AIRPLANE'S ENGINES.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

was the pilot not maintaining directional control during the takeoff ground roll. Factors related to the accident were the icy, snow covered runway and poor preflight planning/preparation.

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