NTSB Identification: ATL83LA151.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20354.
Accident occurred Monday, April 04, 1983 in WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N98362
Injuries: 2 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 AIRCRAFT RAN OFF THE RUNWAY AFTER AN ABORTED TAKEOFF. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE ELECTED TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF ABOUT HALF WAY DOWN THE RUNWAY AFTER FAILING TO OBTAIN AN AIRSPEED INDICATION SUFFICIENT FOR TAKEOFF. AFTER CUTTING THE POWER AND LOWERING THE NOSE WHEEL THE AIRCRAFT SWERVED OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH A DITCH. THE PILOT SUBSEQUENTLY SAW THAT THE PITOT COVER WAS STILL ON THE PITOT TUBE.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PITOT/STATIC SYSTEM..NOT REMOVED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ABORTED TAKEOFF..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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