NTSB Identification: BFO84FA008.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27853.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 23, 1984 in BAYSE, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N75122
Injuries: 4 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.

ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE ACFT BECAME AIRBORNE AFTER ROLLING ONLY ABOUT 1500 FT. IT WAS DESCRIBED A BEING 'BEHIND THE POWER CURVE' FOR A CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE BEFORE CLIMBING ABRUPTLY. THE ACFT THEN BANKED STEEPLY TO THE LEFT & COLLIDED WITH A RIDGE AT APRX 1840 FT MSL. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTH OF THE ARPT. THE ARPT ELEV WAS 1263 FT. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE ACFT WAS APRX 75 LBS OVER ITS MAX GROSS WT LIMIT DURING TAKEOFF. THE DENSITY ALT WAS COMPUTED TO BE 3000 FT. A CHECK OF THE PLT'S BLOOD SHOWED THAT IT HAD AN ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 0.158% (158 MG%), APRX 3 HRS AFTER THE ACCIDENT. A CHECK OF THE RGT FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS BLOOD SHOWED AN ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 0.246% (246 MG%).

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:

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE

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