Accident Cessna 414A Chancellor N194JA,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 294191
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Date:Sunday 9 January 2005
Time:19:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C414 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 414A Chancellor
Owner/operator:J A Investments
Registration: N194JA
MSN: 414A0837
Year of manufacture:1982
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Harbor Springs, Michigan -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Harbor Springs Airport, MI (KMGN)
Destination airport:Marion Municipal Airport, OH (MNN/KMNN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane impacted a snow bank and fence during an aborted takeoff. The pilot landed about 15 minutes prior to the accident to pick-up his passengers. He stated that the airframe "encountered light ice" during his descent and he "activated the deice boots" during the instrument approach. The pilot reported that he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane prior to departing MGN. He stated that there was "no significant ice on the aircraft" during the preflight inspection. The pilot stated that when the airplane reached rotation speed during takeoff it "felt mushy" and he "immediately decided to abort the takeoff." The pilot stated that the aircraft slid on some snow at the departure end of the runway and impacted a snow bank and fence. Photos were taken by responding local law enforcement and FAA inspectors that show leading edge ice on the wings, horizontal stabilizer, and vertical stabilizer. An FAA inspector reported that the leading edge ice was about 1/4-inch thick. During preflight pilots should "remove all frost, snow, and ice from aircraft surfaces because even very small amounts may adversely affect the aerodynamic properties of a wing," according to a FAA publication. During preflight pilots should check the deice boots for "tears, abrasions, and cleanliness," according to the Cessna 414A Pilot Operating Handbook.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight planning/preparation by his failure to remove the accumulated airframe ice which resulted in deteriorated aircraft takeoff performance. Airframe ice, the snow bank and the fence were contributing factors.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

10-Oct-2022 18:22 ASN Update Bot Added
16-Nov-2022 23:34 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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