NTSB Identification: MIA96LA228.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 07, 1996 in PUNTA GORDA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/1997
Aircraft: Canadair T-33, registration: N99195
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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After takeoff, the aircraft began to mush and would not accelerate. The pilot landed straight ahead in a field. After the aircraft came to rest, the pilot exited the aircraft, and the engine continued to run, causing a fire in the field. The pilot reported to an FAA inspector that the engine developed 100 percent power for takeoff and that he did not use wing flaps for takeoff. The checklist, which was found in the aircraft, required that wing flaps be set to 32 degrees for takeoff. A review of the aircraft flight manual showed that there were no performance charts for taking off with the wing flaps retracted.

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

failure of the pilot to extend the wing flaps for takeoff, and his failure to attain sufficient airspeed for flight with the flaps retracted, which resulted in a stall/mush after lift-off.

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