NTSB Identification: LAX92LA022.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45675.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 20, 1991 in COMPTON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/27/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-160, registration: N41669
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING THE GROUND ROLL PORTION OF THE STUDENT PILOT'S TAKEOFF SMOKE ENTERED THE COCKPIT. THE PILOT ABORTED THE TAKEOFF ON THE 3,650-FOOT-LONG RUNWAY. THE AIRPLANE OVERRAN THE END OF THE RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH A FENCE. AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED THE ALTERNATOR DRIVE BELT WAS BROKEN. THE BELT WAS FOUND AGAINST THE EXHAUST ASSEMBLY.

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

THE IMPROPER MAINTENANCE OF THE ALTERNATOR'S DRIVE BELT BY THE AIRCRAFT OWNER WHICH RESULTED IN ITS TOTAL FAILURE. A FACTOR WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE INADEQUATE DISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR THE PILOT TO STOP THE AIRPLANE.

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