NTSB Identification: LAX06CA282.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 02, 2006 in Auburn, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2007
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140, registration: N4813T
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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 stalled and collided with terrain during takeoff, and went into a canal. The pilot reported that the weight of the airplane was 2,300 pounds, which is 150 pounds above the certified maximum gross weight of the airplane. He stated that he had not paid thorough attention to the weight and balance considerations. The airplane did not obtain enough airspeed at takeoff, which resulted in a departure stall, and the collision with terrain. The pilot stated that the airplane and engine had no mechanical failures or malfunctions.

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

the pilot's failure to comply with weight and balance limitations and failure to attain an adequate airspeed, which resulted in a stall and loss of control.

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