NTSB Identification: LAX84LA066.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21979.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 19, 1983 in PEACH SPRINGS, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-301T, registration: N8178W
Injuries: 4 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.

REPORTEDLY, THE WIND WAS VARIABLE & GUSTY WHEN THE ACFT TOOK OFF FROM THE HUALAPAI ARPT, PEACH SPRINGS, AZ. THE PLT REPORTED THAT AFTER ROTATING FOR TAKEOFF, THE ACFT MOVED LATERALLY TO THE LEFT, AND AS HE WAS CORRECTING FOR THE MOVEMENT, THE LEFT MAIN GEAR CONTACTED SOMETHING. REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT STRUCK A BERM BESIDE THE DIRT RWY. HE LEFT THE GEAR EXTENDED & FLEW TO KINGMAN WHERE HE MADE AN UNEVENTFUL LANDING. AN EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED THE LEFT MAIN GEAR HAD BEEN PUSHED AFT, THE FORWARD & AFT SPARS OF THE LEFT WING WERE TWISTED & THE LEFT WING SKIN HAD POPPED RIVETS & WRINKLES ON THE TOP & BOTTOM. THE PLT REPORTED THE WINDS WERE GUSTING FROM CALM TO 15 KTS.

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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