NTSB Identification: NYC07LA106.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 29, 2007 in Brunswick, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/28/2008
Aircraft: Piper PA 46-350P, registration: N555ES
Injuries: 4 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 airplane was about 175 pounds above its maximum gross takeoff weight, as it departed from a 5,800-foot-long, 100-foot-wide, asphalt runway. The pilot reported that the engine experienced a momentary loss of power during the takeoff roll and he elected to continue the takeoff. The airplane appeared to be performing normally; however, just prior to lift off, the engine rpm sounded like it decreased. The airplane lifted off the runway; but felt "sluggish and underpowered." The pilot elected to abort the takeoff and landed hard on the runway. The right main landing gear tire blew out, and the aft wing spars on both wings were damaged. Examination of the airplane did not reveal any mechanical malfunctions. The pilot reported 1,066 hours of total flight experience, which included 31 hours in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

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

The pilot's delayed decision to abort the takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the attempted takeoff above the airplane's maximum gross weight, and an undetermined partial power loss, as reported by the pilot.

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