NTSB Identification: NYC83LA017
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 08, 1982 in BURLINGTON, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-20, registration: N1836A
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT BEGAN TAKING OFF ON RUNWAY 19 WITH A RIGHT CROSSWIND. REPORTEDLY, A STRONG GUST OF WIND WAS ENCOUNTERED AND THE AIRCRAFT VEERED OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. IT HEADED TOWARD THE OPENING OF A CULVERT THAT WENT UNDER THE RUNWAY. TO AVOID THE OPENING, THE PILOT TURNED THE AIRCRAFT FURTHER LEFT. AFTER THE LEFT TURN, THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO SLOW THE AIRCRAFT AS IT PROCEEDED DOUNGRADE WITH A QUARTERING TAILWIND. HE TRIED TO MANEUVER THE PLANE BETWEEN THE CULVERT OPENING AND A TREE; HOWEVER, THE LEFT WING TIP STRUCK THE TREE. THE WIND WAS ESTIMATED TO BE FROM 270 DEG AT 15, GUSTING 35 KNOTS.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND







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TERRAIN CONDITION



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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