NTSB Identification: FTW87LA176.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34436.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 26, 1987 in HOUSTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/06/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA28R-201, registration: N6083H
Injuries: 3 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.

ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, DURING TAKEOFF ROLL, AND AT THE POINT OF ROTATION THE NOSE GEAR FAILED, CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO DROP DOWN STRIKING THE RUNWAY WITH THE PROP. THE AIRCRAFT THEN BECAME AIRBORNE FOR APPROX. 15 SEC. THE PILOT LANDED THE AIRCRAFT ON AN ADJACENT RWY AND SLID INTO TWO OTHER PARKED AIRCRAFT CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. AN FAA INSPECTOR AND AN INDEPENDENT A&P MECHANIC INSPECTED THE NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY AND FOUND ONLY OVERLOAD FAILURE AND COULD NOT CONFIRM THE PILOT'S REPORT THAT THE NOSE GEAR RETRACTED DURING TAKEOFF.

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

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..AIRCRAFT PARKED/STANDING

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