NTSB Identification: SEA06CA179.
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Accident occurred Monday, September 11, 2006 in Kanab, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2007
Aircraft: Piper PA-32-300, registration: N4202R
Injuries: 5 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 pilot was taking off on runway 17, which was made of rough dirt/gravel with drainage ditches and berms on both sides. He said the wind was from the south at approximately 5 knots. He said that as the airplane approached rotation speed, a gust of wind from the west lifted the right wing. He said the airplane was pushed off the left side of the runway, and when he corrected back, the airplane continued off the right side striking the adjacent berm. The right main landing gear was bent outboard, and the left main and nose wheel landing gear both separated from the aircraft. The airplane came to rest on its belly, on the left side of the runway facing north. The pilot said that after he exited the airplane, he noticed that the wind was now out of the north at approximately 5 knots. He also observed several dust devils on the runway. The insurance adjuster said that the engine firewall, both wing assembles, both ailerons and flaps, the empennage, and the horizontal stabilizer needed to be replaced.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during the takeoff roll. Contributing factors were the rough/uneven conditions of the dirt runway, the wind gusts, and the berms and ditches on both sides of the runway.

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