NTSB Identification: MIA97LA169.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 18, 1997 in SPARTANBURG, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1997
Aircraft: Cessna Wren 182G-460, registration: N3182S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that he failed to survey the takeoff area before the flight. During the takeoff ground roll, the airplane would not reach the takeoff airspeed due to upsloping terrain and 2 foot tall grass. The pilot intentionally ground looped the airplane to avoid a collision with trees ahead. The airplane came to rest with damage to the landing gear, right wing, fuselage, propeller, and tail section.

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

the pilot's inadequate preflight planning/preparation, by failure to survey the takeoff area, and his delay in aborting the takeoff. Upsloping terrain and high vegetation in the takeoff area were related factors.

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