Accident Piper PA-32R-301T N8463X, Saturday 8 January 2000
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Date:Saturday 8 January 2000
Time:21:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P32R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-32R-301T
Registration: N8463X
MSN: 32R-8229009
Year of manufacture:1981
Total airframe hrs:3354 hours
Engine model:Lycoming TIO-540-S1AD
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:HARPSWELL, Maine -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:(ME33)
Destination airport:PORTLAND , ME (KPWM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot departed on runway 32, an unlighted turf runway on a dark night. When he rotated, he lost sight of the trees on the sides of the runway, and the runway ahead. The right wing of the airplane struck trees on the right side of the runway prior to the departure end of the runway. The pilot continued with the takeoff and climbed to altitude. He reported that he was not certain if the wind drifted the airplane to the right, or he initiated a slight right turn. Winds in the area were reported to be from 210 to 220 degrees at 10 to 14 knots. Upon landing at a nearby airport, examination of the airplane revealed the right main landing gear was bent rearward, and the spar of the right horizontal stabilator had been bent rearward.

Probable Cause: was the improper decision of the pilot to depart at night, from an unlighted runway with no visual references to obstructions on the sides of the runway. Factors were the dark night conditions, and the lack of runway side lights.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC00LA065
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report



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