NTSB Identification: FTW97LA008.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 05, 1996 in TUTTLE, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/03/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 172M, registration: N172JF
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While approaching to landing at a private airstrip, the airplane's spinner impacted a transmission line; however, the pilot managed to land without further incident. After landing and clearing the 2,300 foot sod airstrip, the pilot checked the airplane for damage. He found only incidental damage to the propeller spinner. After inspecting the engine and completing a full engine runup, the pilot elected to depart the airstrip to the south. The pilot stated that as the airplane approached rotation speed during an up slope takeoff roll, it started to veer to the left, and he was unable to maintain directional control with opposite rudder. Subsequently, the airplane veered off the left side of the strip and impacted fence posts and trees. Witnesses stated that the grass along the edges of the runway was 'long enough to drag a wheel down.' Post-recovery examination of the airframe confirmed flight control continuity to the rudder, elevators and ailerons. Additionally, no anomalies were found with the nose wheel steering mechanism or brake system.

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

failure of the pilot to maintain directional control during takeoff roll, which resulted in a ground swerve. Factors relating to the accident were: tall grass along the edges of the runway, and the proximity of the fence, fence posts, and trees.

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