NTSB Identification: CHI02CA184.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 07, 2002 in Lowell, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-34, registration: N52WP
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The aircraft blew a tire on rollout after landing rollout. The pilot stated "I landed on the runway and immediately applied full braking power after getting the right wheel on the grass in hopes of getting better drag, without too much pressure on the tire, instead of asphalt. Approximately 35 feet from the end of the runway the left tire blew. The airplane had slowed to 20 mph at this time and until the tire blew I felt that the situation was under control. The airplane went 15 feet off the end of the runway before stopping." The pilot said under Operator/Owner Safety Recommendation "that better evaluation of wind conditions" may have prevented the accident. "They were not what was on ATIS at GRR."
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The probable cause of this accident was a failure to properly compensate for the current wind conditions. Excessive use of brakes was a contributing factor. Full narrative available
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