NTSB Identification: NYC96LA089.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 21, 1996 in GREENVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/23/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N89414
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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The pilot departed on turf runway 7, which was surrounded by trees. He reported the winds as variable to a light tailwind. After getting airborne, the airplane encountered turbulence, would not climb, and eventually struck trees beyond the departure end of the runway. There was no report of an engine problem. The FAA reported that the prevailing winds in the area were from 260 degrees at 10 knots, with gusts to 20 knots. The pilot had received his private pilot certificate three weeks prior to the accident, and had a total time of 102 hours.

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

The pilot's failure to gain adequate airspeed due to inadequate planning in which he conducted a downwind takeoff, resulting in a stall mush, and collision with trees.

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