Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2002 Issue

January 14, Oxford, Mass. / Piper Cherokee 180

At 12:10 eastern time, a Piper PA-28-180 was damaged during an aborted landing at Oxford Airport. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The pilot intended to land at Southbridge Municipal Airport about 9.5 miles southwest of Oxford Airport. He landed about a third of the way down the 2,047-foot runway but determined he would not be able to stop by the end because of snow and patchy ice, so he added power and took off for another try. However, he could not outclimb trees at the departure end of the runway. His intended destination has a 3,500-foot runway. The airplane’s performance charts show it would need 1,190 feet to land over obstacles on a dry paved runway....

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