NTSB Identification: BFO93LA152.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 02, 1993 in NEW CARLISLE, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1994
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28, registration: N56975
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, AS THE AIRPLANE WAS ACCELERATING FOR TAKEOFF, IT BECAME AIRBORNE BRIEFLY, THEN IT SETTLED BACK ONTO THE RUNWAY. HE REPORTED THAT HE ABORTED THE TAKEOFF, BUT THE AIRPLANE EXITED THE END OF THE RUNWAY. ACCORDING TO THE FAA, THE PILOT WAS TAKING OFF FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH A PASSENGER AT THIS AIRPORT AND WAS NOT USING FLAPS. REPORTEDLY, THE PILOT STATED THAT HE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH AIRSPEED TO CONTINUE THE TAKEOFF, SO HE ABORTED THE TAKEOFF ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE WAY DOWN THE 2000 FOOT LONG RUNWAY. THE AIRPLANE THEN VEERED TO THE LEFT AND STRUCK THE RUNWAY LIGHTS. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THERE WAS NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION, AND THE ACCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF THE RUNWAY WAS LONGER AND A SHORTFIELD TAKEOFF WAS EXECUTED.

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

THE PILOT'S DELAY IN ABORTING THE TAKEOFF, AND HIS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING THE ABORTED TAKEOFF.

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