NTSB Identification: NYC94LA151.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 1994 in PITTSTOWN, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/26/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N9686B
Injuries: 3 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TREES DURING TAKEOFF FROM ALEXANDRIA AIRPORT ON RUNWAY 8, WHICH IS 2550 FEET LONG. THE PILOT REPORTED THE ENGINE EXPERIENCED A PARTIAL POWER LOSS ON TAKEOFF. HE SAID HE WAS UNABLE TO ESTABLISH A CLIMB AND SETTLED INTO TREES. TWO FAA INSPECTORS OBSERVED THE TAKEOFF AND REPORTED THE AIRPLANE, '...APPEARED TO LIFT OFF EARLY, AT A HIGHER THAN NORMAL PITCH ATTITUDE AND SLOWER THAN NORMAL SPEED. THE AIRCRAFT APPEARED TO MUSH ALONG IN GROUND EFFECT AND NEVER ACCELERATED...ENGINE SOUNDED NORMAL....' IN A WRITTEN REPORT OF POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION ON THE AIRPLANE AND ENGINE, THE FAA STATED, '...NO ENGINE MALFUNCTIONS COULD BE DETERMINED THAT RESULTED IN A REDUCTION OR LOSS OF POWER TO THE ENGINE....'

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

THE PILOT'S PREMATURE LIFT OFF AND FAILURE TO ATTAIN ADEQUATE AIRSPEED.

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