NTSB Identification: CHI88LA029.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35008.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 22, 1987 in LAKE CITY, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28, registration: N9817W
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.

THE STUDENT PILOT INITIATED A TAKEOFF FROM A SNOW COVERED RUNWAY. DURING THE INITIAL GROUND RUN, HE LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRCRAFT RAN OFF THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY & COLLIDED WITH TREES. THE PLT RPRTD THE WIND WAS FROM THE SOUTH AT 8 TO 10 KTS. APRX 20 MI ENE, THE 1553 EST HOUGHTON LAKE WIND WAS FROM 150 DEG AT 7 KTS.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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