NTSB Identification: ATL82FLA01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 23, 1982 in HOBOKEN, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/23/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N5841U
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING TAKEOFF, HE ACCELERATED TO 68 MPH, THEN REALIZED HE WOULD BE UNABLE TO CLEAR TREES. HE STATED THAT HE CLOSED THE THROTTLE AND MIXTURE, AIMED THE AIRCRAFT AT AN OPENING IN THE TREES, AND MAINTAINED A LEVEL ATTITUDE UNTIL IMPACT. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE TREES ABOUT 18 FT AGL. THE LANDING STRIP WAS ABOUT 1700 FT LONG AND SLOPED UPHILL AT APPROXIMATELY A 3 DEGREE ANGLE TO ABOUT MIDFIELD. ABOUT HALF OF THE STRIP APPEARED TO BE FRESHLY PLOWED AND HAD BEEN DRAGGED WITH A BAR TO SMOOTH OUT THE HIGH SPOTS AND WAS STILL SOFT. THE TREES AT THE END OF THE STRIP WERE ABOUT 50 FEET TALL. THE PERFORMANCE CHART FOR THIS AIRCRAFT SHOWED THAT APPROXIMATELY 1700 FT WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR TAKEOFF WITHOUT CONSIDERATION OF THE UPWARD SLOPE AND SOFT SURFACE.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..UPHILL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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