NTSB Identification: LAX02LA054.
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Accident occurred Monday, December 24, 2001 in Prescott, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-28RT-201, registration: N3023K
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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After takeoff the airplane would not climb and, with insufficient runway remaining to abort the takeoff, the pilot made an intentional gear-up landing at the departure end of the runway. Airport personnel who responded to the scene found most of the wing surfaces were covered with 1/8- to 3/8-inch of snow and ice. The pilot reported that he spent 1.5 hours with a broom and a cloth removing snow and "most of [the] ice" from the fuselage and wings. He also reported there were no mechanical malfunctions and stated "I must assume I hadn't enough lift due to ice particles."

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

The pilot's inadequate removal of snow and ice from the surfaces of the airplane before takeoff.

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