NTSB Identification: NYC82FFA03
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 31, 1982 in LAKE PLACID, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22, registration: N6758B
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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.

DURING TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AT ABOUT 250 FT AGL. AT THAT TIME, THE AIRCRAFT WAS ABOUT HALF WAY DOWN THE 4200 FT RUNWAY. THE PILOT APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT AND FULL FLAPS WITH THE INTENTION OF LANDING ON THE RUNWAY. AS THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN ON THE PACKED, SNOW COVERED RUNWAY, THE ENGINE REGAINED POWER. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT RUNWAY REMAINING TO STOP THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT STRIKING A HARD PACKED, 10 FT SNOWBANK. THEREFORE, HE ELECTED TO GO-AROUND. DURING CLIMB-OUT, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AGAIN, AND THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO RETURN TO THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT CRASH LANDED IN A SNOW COVERED CLEARING NEAR A DUMP ON WOODED, HILLY TERRAIN. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO PRECRASH DISCREPANCIES EXCEPT THAT THE ANNUAL INSPECTION WAS OVERDUE. THE ENGINE RAN SATISFACTORILY DURING AN OPERATIONAL CHECK. THE CARBURETOR WAS DISASSEMBLED AND CHECKED FOR CONTAMINATION. A VERY SMALL PIECE OF ICE WAS FOUND. IT WAS NOTED THAT WATER MAY HAVE ENTERED DUE TO MELTING SNOW IN THE IMPACT AREA.

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

MISCELLANEOUS..UNDETERMINED

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

MISCELLANEOUS..UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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