NTSB Identification: CHI87LA166.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34796.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 11, 1987 in CHELSEA, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28RT-201, registration: N2904A
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 AND THREE PASSENGERS ATTEMPTED A TAKEOFF FROM A 1800 FOOT SOD, UPSLOPING RUNWAY WITH TALL, WET GRASS. DENSITY ALTITUDE WAS 2700 FEET. AS THE AIRCRAFT CLIMBED OUT OF GROUND EFFECT THE PILOT SAID THE ENGINE SOUNDED 'FUNNY' AND ABORTED THE TAKEOFF. THE AIRCRAFT RAN OFF THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY, STRUCK A TREE AND THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BRAKES(NORMAL)..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WET

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