NTSB Identification: BFO88LA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35855.
Accident occurred Friday, June 17, 1988 in REEDVILLE, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N82836
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.

AFTER BACK-TAXIING ON THE PVT AIRSTRIP, THE PLT MADE A 180 DEG TURN TO LINE UP FOR TAKEOFF. DURING THE TURN THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR CONTACTED A DITCH IN A TALL GRASS AREA OFF THE END OF THE RWY. THE PLT APPLIED POWER TO PREVENT THE ACFT FROM BECOMING STUCK IN THE DITCH. AS POWER WAS APPLIED THE TAIL OF THE ACFT SWUNG AROUND AND CONTACTED THE BACKSIDE OF THE DITCH BECOMING SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED.

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

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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