NTSB Identification: FTW85LA154.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28099.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 17, 1985 in ATHENS, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N15131
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 Minor.

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 ACFT CONTACTED TREES AND DESCENDED UNCONTROLLED INTO THE TERRAIN DURING AN INITIAL TAKEOFF CLIMB. THE TAKEOFF WAS MADE ON A 1830 FT SOD STRIP WHICH IS BORDERED ON THE DEPARTURE END BY TREES. THE PLT STATED HE USED FULL THROTTLE (2400-2450 RPM) BUT ONLY ACHIEVED 60-63 MPH. HE CONTINUED TO REPORT THAT ONCE BECOMING AIRBORNE, THE ACFT WOULD NOT MAINTAIN ALT AND AN UNCONTROLLED DESCENT WAS ENTERED. THE LEFT WING CONTACTED TREES AFTER WHICH THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN. THE PLT REPORTED THE STALL WARNING CAME ON EARLY IN THE TAKEOFF BUT HE CORRECTED THE SITUATION BY LOWERING THE NOSE.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PERFORMANCE DATA..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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