NTSB Identification: DEN86LA027.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30142.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 16, 1985 in FT. COLLINS, CO
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2601G
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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH LARGE CHUNKS OF SNOW ON THE RWY DURING TAKEOFF ROLL. THE PLT STATED THAT DURING THE ROLL ABOUT MID-WAY DOWN THE RWY HE SPOTTED THE SNOW AND DECIDED TO ABORT BUT WAS UNABLE TO AVOID THE SNOW. THE LEFT GEAR CONTACTED THE SNOW AND THE ACFT VEERED LEFT CONTACTING A SNOW BERM. THE LEFT MAIN GEAR THEN COLLAPSED.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..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..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRPORT SNOW REMOVAL..POOR..FBO PERSONNEL



Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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