NTSB Identification: CHI97LA213.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 17, 1997 in FESSENDEN, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/30/1998
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-151, registration: N41371
Injuries: 4 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 pilot said he initiated a soft field takeoff using the manufacturer's procedures. He said the airplane lifted off about halfway down the dry sod runway. While in ground effect, the airplane descended and touched down. The pilot was able to get the airplane airborne a second time, only to have it touchdown again. Shortly after getting the airplane airborne a third time, its main landing gear collided with the edge of a highway next to the departure end of the runway. The pilot said the road was about 3 to 5 feet above the runway's elevation. The state aeronautics commission found the road was about 1 foot 6 inches above the runway's elevation. The pilot stated he did not abort the takeoff after the airplane first touched down, because he said the airplane had enough airspeed to get into the air. The pilot said he used the stop way and runway for takeoff. The runway was 2,940 feet long, the stop way was 550 feet long. A 300 foot stop way was located at the runway's departure end. (Depending on the type of takeoff/airspeed used), the airplane required between 1,600 and 2,250 feet of hard surface runway to rotate for takeoff, according to the POH.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's premature liftoff and/or failure to abort the takeoff while there was sufficient runway remaining. Full narrative available
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