Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2009 Issue

August 9, 2009, Gerlach, Nev., Piper PA-28R-200

At about 0915 Pacific time, the airplane collided with terrain during a rejected takeoff. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The wing spars, landing gear, and horizontal stabilator sustained substantial damage from impact forces with rocks. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot reported the airplane had not reached 60 mph indicated airspeed on the takeoff roll when he saw the end of runway markers. He elected to abort the takeoff, and shut down the engine.

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