NTSB Identification: SEA04LA180.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 05, 2004 in Picabo, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-32R-301T, registration: N880SC
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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During the takeoff from a grass/turf runway, the pilot-in-command failed to ensure that the propeller control lever remained in the full forward position during the entire takeoff sequence. As a result, the aircraft did not lift off the ground at a point that it otherwise would have. Because the pilot did not abort the takeoff when it became clear that the aircraft was not performing as it should, the aircraft lifted off late, collided with some trees and a fence, and then settled back onto the terrain. It then experienced a collapse of all three landing gear. There was no indication that there had been any malfunction of an aircraft system, or that the engine was not capable of producing full power. The pilot-in-command did not use a checklist during his pre-takeoff and takeoff activities.

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

The pilot's failure to set the propeller control for takeoff performance needed to outclimb obstacles. The pilot's failure to use the checklist, trees, and a fence are contributing factors.

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