Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Truckee-Tahoe Airport

Truckee, California 96161
Friday, January 28, 1994 8:36 PST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
THE PILOT WAS LANDING ON A RUNWAY COVERED BY A THIN LAYER OF SNOW. ON TOUCHDOWN THE AIRPLANE VEERED TO THE LEFT. AFTER THE AIRPLANE DEPARTED THE RUNWAY THE PILOT APPLIED FULL POWER TO GO-AROUND. THE AIRPLANE BECAME AIRBORNE, BUT WOULD NOT CLIMB AS THE PILOT FAILED TO RETRACT THE FLAPS. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO THE LEFT UNTIL IT STRUCK A FUEL ISLAND. A PASSENGER REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE SOUNDED NORMAL SIMILAR TO THE SOUND THAT IT MADE WHEN THE FLIGHT DEPARTED.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL, DELAY IN HIS REMEDIAL ACTION, AND FAILURE TO RAISE THE FLAPS. THE SNOW COVERED RUNWAY WAS A FACTOR IN THIS ACCIDENT.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date1/28/1994 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event836 
Event Time ZonePacific Standard Time 
Event CityTRUCKEE  
Event StateCALIFORNIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site96161  
Event Date Year1994 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportTRUCKEE-TAHOE  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDTRK  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation5900 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation845 Pacific Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDTRK  
Elevation of weather observation facility5900 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationPST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height2500 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 30 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)-8 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-12 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Calm 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)198 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateJan 28 1994 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1000 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 6 2000 10:25AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN82009 
NTSB NumberLAX94LA107  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedVFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePIPER  
Aircraft ModelPA-32-301  
Aircraft Series IdentifierPA-32-301  
Aircraft Serial Number32-8206033  
Certified Max Gross Weight3600 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionApr 1 1993 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection100 
Airframe Hours4193 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameWILLIAMS, JOEL ET AL  
Aircraft Owner Street Address1240 MCKENDRIE ST.  
Aircraft Owner CitySAN JOSE  
Aircraft Owner StateCA 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode95126  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeSJC  
Departure CitySAN JOSE  
Departure StateCA 
Departure Country  
Departure Time720 
Departure Time ZonePST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:34AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location28  
Runway Length7000 
Runway Width100 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--