Date & Time: Dec 7, 1993 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-46 Malibu Meridian (Malibu Mirage)
Daniel G. Maloney
Pine Island – Kendall-Tamiami
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
The pilot stated that he was attempting a takeoff on a 2,700 foot sod runway and hit a soft spot which decreased his groundspeed by 15 to 20 miles per hour. He continued the takeoff attempt and struck trees at the end of the runway. The airplane fell to the ground and burst into flames.
The failure of the pilot-in-command to abort the takeoff. A contributing factor was the soft condition of the runway surface.