NTSB Identification: ANC96LA054.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 21, 1996 in WASILLA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/01/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-28, registration: N8873J
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The certificated private pilot and passenger were departing a private gravel airstrip that was 2,200 feet long. The airplane became airborne to an altitude of about 10 feet. The pilot then noted that the engine did not sound as if it was producing full power. There was not a noticeable roughness or dramatic power loss. The pilot decided to abort the takeoff and could not stop the airplane from going off the end of the strip into a stand of alder trees. The nose gear was sheared from the airplane and it received damage to the wings and elevator.

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

the pilot's delay in aborting the takeoff.

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