NTSB Identification: FTW87LA228.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34490.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 30, 1987 in ALVIN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/25/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N4443T
Injuries: 2 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 PLT INITIATED A SOFT FIELD TYPE TAKEOFF WITH 10 DEG OF FLAPS. HE SAID THAT HE STARTED THE TAKEOFF WITH 'FULL AFT CONTROL WHEEL' UNTIL THE ACFT BECAME AIRBORNE, THEN HE LOWERED THE NOSE TO REMAIN IN GROUND EFFECT. HOWEVER, HE FAILED TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED & THE ACFT DRIFTED TO THE LEFT OF THE RWY TOWARD TREES. ALSO, HE STATED THAT 'POWER WAS SET AT FULL,' BUT THE AIRSPEED 'WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO MAINTAIN CONTROLLED FLIGHT.' SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT 'CRASHED IN A CONTROLLED MANNER INTO THE TREES.' NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS RPRTD.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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