NTSB Identification: FTW98LA388.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 08, 1998 in KAUFMAN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/19/2001
Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC, registration: N85798
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.
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During takeoff from a 1,700 foot grass runway, the tailwheel equipped airplane struck a 3 foot high barbed wire fence that was perpendicular to the departure end of the runway. The pilot then intentionally 'turned' the airplane to avoid hitting an adjacent line of trees. As the airplane came to a stop, the pilot and passenger exited, and a fire erupted which destroyed the aircraft. The pilot reported that the winds were calm at the time of the accident and that the aircraft operated normally during a brief flight earlier in the day. A normal engine run up was performed prior to the attempted take off.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate altitude and clearance of obstructions during takeoff. Full narrative available
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