NTSB Identification: CHI85LA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26495.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 22, 1984 in CHAMBERS ISLAND, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32RT-300T, registration: N21596
Injuries: 3 Serious,3 Minor.

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 DURING TAKEOFF UPON REACHING AN ALT OF 8-10 FT AGL A DOWN DRAFT WAS ENCOUNTERED AND THE ACFT CONTACTED THE RWY ON THE RT LANDING GEAR WHICH WAS IN THE TRANSIENT POSITION. HE REPORTED HE WAS ABLE TO REMAIN AIRBORNE BUT THE RATE OF CLIMB WAS SLOW. HE DETERMINED THAT THE TREES SOUTH OF THE APRT COULD NOT BE CLEARED SO HE SLOWED THE ACFT AND LANDED IN THE TREE TOPS. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE PLT ACTIVATED THE GEAR OVERRIDE SYSTEM PRIOR TO TAKEOFF. USING SHORT FIELD PROCEDURES THE GEAR RETRACTION PROCESS BEGAN UPON ROTATION RESULTING IN PROPELLER CONTACT WITH THE GROUND.

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

CLEARANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GEAR RETRACTION..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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