NTSB Identification: FTW96LA225.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 23, 1996 in BRIDGEPORT, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/23/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N52MA
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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While taxiing, the student pilot leaned the fuel/air mixture. He did not recall enrichening the mixture prior to takeoff. The pilot said that during the takeoff roll, he heard a noise that could have been from a lean mixture setting. When the cockpit control panel was examined, the mixture control was found in a leaned position. Witnesses stated that the airplane's engine did not sound like it was at full throttle. They also stated that the airplane 'wallowed' at about 10 feet AGL all the way down the 4,009 foot runway. The airplane impacted the trees at the end of the runway.

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

the pilot's improper preflight by failing to ensure the mixture control was properly set before takeoff, and his failure to abort the takeoff (while there was sufficient runway remaining).

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