NTSB Identification: CHI94LA151.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 27, 1994 in CARMI, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/07/1994
Aircraft: AERONCA 11 AC, registration: N9167E
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO TAKEOFF ON A PRIVATE FARM AIRSTRIP WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. HE STATED THE GRASS AT THE DEPARTURE END OF THE AIRSTRIP WAS HIGHER THAN AT THE ARRIVAL END. THE AIRPLANE DID NOT BECOME AIRBORNE PRIOR TO REACHING THE END OF THE AIRSTRIP. HE DID NOT ABORT THE TAKEOFF BECAUSE OF A LARGE DITCH AT THE DEPARTURE END OF THE AIRSTRIP. JUST PRIOR TO REACHING THE DITCH, THE PILOT PULLED UP IN AN ATTEMPT TO BECOME AIRBORNE. THE LANDING GEAR CAUGHT THE FAR SIDE OF THE DITCH.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

poor preflight planning/preparation. Factors associated with the accident were the high vegetation (grass) and the ditch.

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