The pilot reported that he initiated a takeoff roll on the 2,200-foot-long wet, turf runway in De Pere, Wisconsin, and that, about 1,650 feet down the runway, the Piper PA28 encountered standing water, and the speed decreased.
He said he “still felt I had plenty of room to regain airspeed and take off safely.”
The airplane encountered standing water again on another section of the runway, and the speed decreased further.
The pilot retracted two notches of flaps and attempted to climb the airplane, but it exited the departure end of the runway and entered a cornfield.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper decision not to abort the takeoff after the airplane encountered standing water on the runway, which decreased its speed and led to its subsequent inability to climb and resulted in a runway overrun.
NTSB Identification: GAA18CA546
This September 2018 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.