NTSB Identification: NYC83LA138.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20865.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 09, 1983 in MECHANICSBURG, PA
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AA-1, registration: N5962L
Injuries: 1 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 ACFT CRASHED DURING TAKEOFF AND WAS DESTROYED WHEN IT SLID OVER LOGS IN THE ROLL-OUT AREA. THE PILOT HAD 3 HOURS IN THE MAKE AND MODEL OF ACFT. TAKEOFF WAS FROM A PRIVATE GRASS AIRSTRIP WHICH WAS ROUGH AND UPHILL IN THE DIRECTION OF TAKEOFF. WHEN A CRASH WAS IMMINENT THE PILOT TURNED TO AVOID A TREE STUMP AND CRASH LANDED. ALL LANDING GEAR WERE DESTROYED ALONG WITH THE WINGS AS THE ACFT SLID OVER LOGS. THE FUSELAGE WAS TWISTED AND ONE PROP BLADE WAS SLIGHTLY BENT. THE PILOT RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES.

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

PERFORMANCE DATA..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,TAKEOFF CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,CLIMB CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR STRUT..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..UPHILL

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