NTSB Identification: FTW97LA153.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 06, 1997 in MARIETTA, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Mooney M20F, registration: N6492Q
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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During the takeoff, the airplane was 'at low speed with approximately 10 degrees of flaps and flew for about 5 seconds before veering to the right.' The pilot tried to realign the airplane with the runway; however, the left main gear struck the side of the runway and the airplane came to rest in a ravine along the side of the runway. The pilot stated that this accident could have been prevented by 'minimiz[ing] time spent in ground effect when taking off on a windy day (and gusty day) from grass runways.' The pilot reported that he had 38.2 hours in the M20F airplane; however, he had never done a short field takeoff from a grass/turf runway in this airplane.

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

The pilot's inadequate short field takeoff. A factor was the pilot's lack of recent experience in short field takeoffs from a grass/turf runway.

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