NTSB Identification: NYC83FA142.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21457.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 12, 1983 in COLLEGEVILLE, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18A-150, registration: N783L
Injuries: 2 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.

DURING TAKEOFF, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO ENTER A STEEP CLIMB AFTER MAKING A SHORT TAKEOFF ROLL. ONE WITNESS ESTIMATED THAT THE TAKEOFF ROLL WAS ABOUT 400 FT & THEN THE ACFT ENTERED A CLIMB AT APRX A 35 DEG ANGLE. AFTER REACHING AN ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 200 TO 300 FT, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVE TO ENTER A STEEP NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE & CRASH. AN INSPECTION OF THE ACFT & ENG WAS MADE, BUT NO PREIMPACT/MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURES WERE VERIFIED.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

CLIMB..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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