NTSB Identification: ATL83LA343.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21743.
Accident occurred Monday, August 29, 1983 in FLORALA, AL
Aircraft: Smith, Ted Aerostar 600-A, registration: N139TS
Injuries: 1 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 PILOT STATED THAT DURING TAKEOFF ROLL HE EXPERIENCED A POWER SURGE BUT THE ENGINE DID NOT QUIT. HE ABORTED THE TAKEOFF BY REDUCING POWER ON BOTH ENGINES AND APPLYING BRAKES. THIS RESULTED IN THE AIRCRAFT SWERVING OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY, ROLLING THRU THE GRASS AND STRIKING A CULVERT WHICH SEPARATED THE LANDING GEAR. WRECKAGE EXAMINATION REVEALED: BOTH THROTTLES AT IDLE, MIXTURE AND PROP CONTROLS WERE FULL FORWARD AND FULL RICH AND HIGH RPM ON RESPECTIVE ENGINE CONTROLS. ALL CABLES ATTACHING HARDWARE WAS INTACT.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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