NTSB Identification: NYC88LA138.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38120.
Accident occurred Friday, May 13, 1988 in MILLBROOK, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28RT-201, registration: N2819J
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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 AIRCRAFT DEPARTED RUNWAY 17 AT SKY ACRES AIRPORT AND AFTER REACHNG AN ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 100 FEET, WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ENGINE COWLING EXTENDED VERTICALLY, PARTIALLY ATTACHED. THE PILOT SAID HE WAS UNABLE TO RETURN TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT, AND THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES IN A FIELD 1/2 MILE AWAY WITH THE LANDING GEAR STILL EXTENDED. A WITNESS SAW THE PILOT PLACING THE COWLING ON THE AIRCRAFT EARLIER IN THE DAY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:COOLING SYSTEM,COWLING..UNLATCHED
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
GEAR RETRACTION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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