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N7837W accident description

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Crash location 41.953333°N, 118.630556°W
Nearest city Denio, NV
41.989896°N, 118.634340°W
2.5 miles away
Tail number N7837W
Accident date 20 Mar 2002
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-180
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On March 20, 2002, at 1238 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA-28-180, N7837W, veered off the runway during takeoff and came to rest off the runway at Denio Junction Airport, Denio, Nevada. The private certificated pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The personal flight, operated by the owner under 14 CFR Part 91, was destined for Reno/Stead airport, Nevada. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

The pilot told the Safety Board investigator that, due to soft/sandy runway conditions, he was performing a soft-field takeoff procedure. Prior to boarding the airplane he walked the runway to assess the surface condition, and determined that the surface wind was favoring a takeoff on runway 7 (3,100 x 150, dirt). Wind conditions were gusty and variable. During the takeoff roll, as the airplane neared liftoff at minimum flying speed, a gust of wind caused the aircraft to veer to the right edge of the runway. He elected to abort the takeoff and the airplane crossed a ditch and came to rest.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control and his inadequate compensation for wind condition. Wind gust is a contributing factor.

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