NTSB Identification: LAX82DA108
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 16, 1982 in PLACERVILLE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/16/1983
Aircraft: GRUM AMER AA-5B, registration: N28867
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 Uninjured.

WHEN THE PILOT ARRIVED AT THE AIRPORT, THE TOP SURFACES OF THE AIRCRAFT WERE COVERED WITH ABOUT TWO INCHES OF SNOW. HE STATED THAT HIS PREFLIGHT INCLUDED A COMPLETE REMOVAL OF THE SNOW. HOWEVER, HE ALSO STATED THAT DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THERE WAS A LAYER OF SNOW GRAINS, ONE-GRAIN THICK, SPARSELY COVERING THE WING AREA. THE TAKEOFF WAS STARTED ON A RUNWAY COVERED WITH 1/4 TO 1/2 INCH OF SLUSH. DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THE PILOT NOTED THAT THE ACCELERATION WAS SLOWER THAN NORMAL AND THE SNOW GRAINS WERE STAYING ON THE WINGS. HE ROTATED AT 65 KNOTS, BUT THE PLANE DID NOT LIFT-OFF AT THE NORMAL SPEED. HE DECIDED TO ABORT, BUT WAS UNABLE TO STOP ON THE REMAINING RUNWAY. HE STATED THAT THE WHEELS WERE HYDROPLANING. THE PLANE MOMENTARILY LEFT THE GROUND AS IT CONTINUED OVER A DROP-OFF AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY. THE NOSE STRUT COLLAPSED AS THE PLANE TOUCHED DOWN IN MUDDY TERRAIN ABOUT 20 FT FROM A POND. THE PLANE CONTINUED INTO THE POND AND CAME TO REST IN SHALLOW WATER.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WING..ICE


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SLUSH COVERED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WET


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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