The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll at the airport in Monroe, N.C., the Piper PA-46-500TP’s right main landing gear tire failed.
He aborted the takeoff, and the plane departed the right side of the runway.
The ground around the runway edge was uneven due to airfield construction, and the wings bounced as the plane departed the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the right aileron.
The right main tire was found failed at the accident site. The left main tire pressure was measured with a tire gauge, and it registered 40 pounds per square inch (psi); 55 psi was required by the manufacturer.
The nose tire was also underinflated. The damage to the right tire and inner tube were consistent with underinflation during operation.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s operation of the airplane with underinflated tires, which resulted in the right tire’s failure during takeoff and a subsequent runway excursion.
NTSB Identification: ERA14LA071
This November 2013 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.