NTSB Identification: NYC87FA225.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34787.
Accident occurred Monday, August 10, 1987 in ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-60-601P, registration: N814SG
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT SWERVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT WITH THE ENGINE(S) 'MISSING' OR INTERMITTENT. THE AIRCRAFT LIFTED OFF AND CLIMBED TO APPROXIMATELY 50 FEET AGL AND CONTINUED ACROSS A WATERWAY IN A LEFTTURN WITH THE LANDING GEAR EXTENDED. THE AIRCRAFT PITCHED UP AND ROLLED LEFT WING DOWN INTO THE WATER. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINES REVEALED A CRACKED COIL IN THE LEFT MAGNETO OF THE RIGHT ENGINE. NO OTHER MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION/FAILURE COULD BE DETERMINED.

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED(VMC)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER



Contributing Factors

IGNITION SYSTEM,IGNITION COIL..CRACKED


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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