NTSB Identification: ATL84FA129.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24573.
Accident occurred Friday, March 23, 1984 in WOODSTOCK, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N4809S
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

SHORTLY AFTER BREAKING GROUND DURING THE TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE LOST POWER & THE ACFT CAME BACK DOWN TO THE RWY. THE ENGINE REGAINED POWER & THE PLT CONTINUED THE TAKEOFF. THE ENGINE AGAIN LOST POWER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT IMPACTED ON AN UNEVEN, GRASSY, OPEN AREA ABOUT 900 FT NORTH OF THE AIRSTRIP. THE PLT RECEIVED A HEAD INJURY & WAS UNABLETO REMEMBER DETAILS OF THE ACCIDENT. THE ACFT WAS NOT EQUIPPED WITH SHOULDER HARNESSES. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THERE WAS WATER IN THE RIGHT TANK & THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND POSITIONED TO THE RIGHT TANK.

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

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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