NTSB Identification: NYC84FA117.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27257.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 24, 1984 in CHAMPION, PA
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N23968
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

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.

N23968, CRASHED INTO TREES SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF FROM RWY 27 AT SEVEN SPRINGS AIRPORT. PLT TOLD THE RESORT MANAGER OF SEVEN SPRINGS THAT HE COULD NOT SEEM TO GET AIRBORNE & AFTER HE DID GET AIRBORNE HE COULD NOT CLEAR THE TREES. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE ACFT WAS OVER MAX GROSS WT AT TAKEOFF. THE RWY WAS REPORTED TO BE SLUSH COVERED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SLUSH COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE

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