NTSB Identification: LAX85LA133.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27844.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 03, 1985 in BIG BEAR, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N30069
Injuries: 5 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.

AFTER SPENDING THE DAY SKIING, THE PLT & PASSENGERS PLANNED TO DEPART ON A RETURN FLT TO SAN DIEGO. THE WIND WAS FROM 210 TO 220 DEG AT ABOUT 10 MPH. THE PLT ELECTED TO TAKEOFF ON RWY 7 SINCE LOW CLOUDS WERE APPROACHING FROM THE WEST & THE VISIBILITY WAS NEAR ZERO IN THAT DIRECTION. THE VISIBILITY TO THE EAST WAS APRX 2 MI. REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT TRAVELED ABOUT 2500 FT & HAD ACCELERATED TO 55 MPH WHEN IT WAS ROTATED FOR TAKEOFF. AT ABOUT THAT TIME, IT VEERED LEFT, OVERRAN THE EDGE OF THE RWY & COLLIDED WITH A SNOW BANK. NO PRE-ACCIDENT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS REPORTED. THE ARPT ELEV WAS 6750 FT.

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..IMPROPER..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:

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND

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