Accident Piper PA-28-140 N56776,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180013
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Date:Saturday 10 July 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-140
Registration: N56776
MSN: 28-7425034
Total airframe hrs:2307 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cumming, Georgia -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Cumming, GA (84A)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that he and his son needed to leave and could not wait. According to a witness, the airplane took off on runway 03, attempted to climb and collided with a tree inside an unoccupied subdivision off the departure end of runway 03. According to the airport manager, the 1,551 foot long runway was closed for resurfacing. He said that only about two thirds of the runway (1,033 feet) had been resurfaced and that heavy equipment occupied the last one third of the runway. A review of the Cherokee 140 owner's handbook found that at gross weight under standard conditions at sea level the take off distance over a 50-ft Obstacle (Flaps Up) is 1,700 feet. Additionally, the airport manager stated that prior to the airplane's departure the pilot was advised that runway 03 was closed until later in the day when the resurfacing was to be completed.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to obtain takeoff performance data, and his intentional takeoff from a closed and short runway which resulted in an in-flight collision with a tree.




Revision history:

29-Sep-2015 15:15 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 18:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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