NTSB Identification: IAD04CA042.
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Accident occurred Sunday, August 29, 2004 in Ocean City, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-180, registration: N7573P
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane veered left immediately after takeoff from runway 24. After departing the runway to the left, the pilot encountered a wind tetrahedron in his path. He attempted to pull up and over fly the tetrahedron, but struck it with the belly of the airplane. He reduced power and completed a landing to the grass infield of the airport. The pilot said that he felt the loss of directional control was due to a phenomenon called "wheelbarrowing," and that the PA-24 is susceptible to its effects. He further stated he felt the event was due to pilot error and was not a maintenance problem. According to the Federal Aviation Administration Airplane Flying Handbook: "Holding the airplane on the ground unnecessarily puts excessive pressure on the nosewheel, (and) may result in wheelbarrowing..."

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

The pilot's deliberate delay of rotation during the takeoff roll, and his subsequent loss of directional control.

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