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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30032
Last updated: 2 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-60-601
Owner/operator:Leg Venture Management Inc
Registration: N601WK
C/n / msn: 61P-79288063
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location: -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:7B2
Destination airport:Poghkeepsie, NY (POU)
The airport consisted of a single runway oriented on a heading of 140/320 degrees. A taxiway oriented on a 120 degree heading intersected the runway at its midpoint. The pilot reported that the visibility was 500-1,000 feet with fog at the time of departure. Before he took off, the pilot asked his passenger to walk the length of the runway to observe any obstructions, due to the reduced visibility. The pilot then taxied to the run-up pad, set the heading of his HSI to 120 degrees, and initiated the takeoff. When the airspeed reached 80 knots, the pilot realized he had initiated the takeoff on the taxiway instead of the runway. He aborted the takeoff and attempted to maneuver the airplane to the runway. The airplane crossed the runway, impacted a tree, and came to rest upright in a cornfield. The weather reported at the time of the accident at an airport 9 miles away was: wind from 320 degrees at 2 knots; visibility 1/16 mile with fog; sky partially obscured; ceiling 200 feet overcast.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper preflight planning which resulted in an attempted takeoff from a taxiway. A factor in the accident was the fog.



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 19:11 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Feb-2018 21:42 TB Updated [Operator, Country]

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