NTSB Identification: NYC98LA042.
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Accident occurred Thursday, December 11, 1997 in CHATHAM, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/30/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 182P, registration: N20710
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.

The airplane was departing from runway 6, a 3,001 foot asphalt runway. According to the pilot, during rotation, the airplane's engine lost power. He then retarded the throttle and mixture control, and the airplane returned to the runway. The pilot applied heavy braking and elevator back pressure; however, the airplane continued past the departure end of the runway and went into a ditch. Examination of the airplane, which included an engine run-up, did not reveal any evidence of mechanical malfunction. Winds at the airport were reported to be from 300 degrees at 4 knots.

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

loss of engine power for undetermined reason(s). The tail wind component and an encounter with a ditch were related factors.

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