NTSB Identification: NYC84LA123.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24324.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 01, 1984 in REEDSVILLE, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5261D
Injuries: 4 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 PLT REPORTED THAT AT ABOUT THE TIME HE APPLIED POWER TO TAKEOFF, THE ACFT VEERED TO THE LEFT. HE STATED THAT HIS EFFORTS TO RETURN THE ACFT TO THE CENTERLINE OF THE RWY DID NOT WORK. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT WENT THRU A SNOWBANK BESIDE THE RWY, THEN ENTERED SOFT TERRAIN & NOSED 0VER. HE REPORTED THAT THE WIND WAS FROM 310 AT 10 GUSTING 20 KTS.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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