NTSB Identification: CHI95LA113.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 02, 1995 in HIGGINSVILLE, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/19/1995
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7ECA, registration: N2598Z
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO TAKEOFF FROM A GRASS RUNWAY WITH A DIRECT 10 TO 12 KNOT CROSSWIND. HE STATED 'A GUST OF WIND PUT US AIRBORNE MUCH BEFORE I WAS READY TO BRING UP THE TAIL...BLEW US COMPLETELY OFF THE RUNWAY.' THE LANDING GEAR CAUGHT THE TOP STRAND OF A BARBED WIRE FENCE. THE PILOT REPORTED THE AIRPLANE PULLED UP ABOUT 1,000 FEET OF FENCE BEFORE THE AIRPLANE WAS PULLED BACK TO THE GROUND.

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

the pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions during the attempted takeoff. The gusty crosswind was a factor.

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