NTSB Identification: MIA97LA252.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 30, 1997 in GREENWOOD, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: Cessna A188B, registration: N731RP
Injuries: 1 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.

During the takeoff roll with a rise in the runway that the pilot was previously aware of, the airplane became airborne prematurely. He initiated dumping of the chemical and attempted to climb but the airplane collided with a tree 200 feet past the departure end of the runway. The airplane then impacted the ground and the right main landing gear was sheared off after contacting a ditch. The airplane then became inverted and was destroyed by a post crash fire. The pilot stated to an FAA inspector that he and the owner were planning on repairing the runway and clearing the trees at the end of the spraying season. He further stated that there was no airframe or engine preimpact failure or malfunction.

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

The intentional operation of the airplane from an unsuitable takeoff area by the pilot-in-command and inadvertent rotation of the airplane after encountering rising terrain on the runway.

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