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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35708
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Date:11-AUG-1995
Time:10:33
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N32420
C/n / msn: 28-7525065
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Pulaski, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:(GZS)
Destination airport:Atlanta, GA (PDK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PILOT DID NOT PERFORM AN ENGINE RUN-UP BEFORE TAKEOFF. DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, ALL THE AVAILABLE RUNWAY WAS NOT USED, AND WITNESSES REPORTED 'SLUGGISH ACCELERATION.' THE AIRPLANE ROTATED ABOUT 500 FEET FROM THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY AND CLIMBED TO ABOUT 75-100 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL IN A 'VERY HIGH ANGLE OF ATTACK.' THE AIRPLANE THEN ROLLED TO THE RIGHT, COLLIDED WITH TREES, THE ROOF OF A BARN, THE GROUND, AND CAME TO REST INVERTED. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT THE CARBURETOR HEAT WAS PARTIALLY ENGAGED AND THE CONTROL CABLE WAS FOUND DISCONNECTED FROM THE CONTROL ARM AT THE CARBURETOR HEAT AIR BOX ASSEMBLY. THE CASTELLATED NUT WAS NOT SAFETIED. THE ENGINE WAS INSTALLED ABOUT 1 MONTH BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. THE TAKEOFF GROUND ROLL WAS CALCULATED TO BE ABOUT 1,100 FEET. CAUSE: FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO PERFORM THE BEFORE-TAKEOFF CHECKLIST, AND HIS FAILURE TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF DUE TO INADEQUATE ACCELERATION. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS AN INADEQUATE ANNUAL INSPECTION BY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL FOR FAILURE TO SAFETY THE CARBURETOR HEAT CONTROL CABLE, WHICH RESULTED IN THE DISCONNECTION OF THE CARBURETOR HEAT CONTROL CABLE FROM THE CONTROL ARM AND INADVERTENT PARTIAL ACTIVATION OF CARBURETOR HEAT.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001207X04313_


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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