NTSB Identification: NYC98LA178.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 01, 1998 in SKANEATELES, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/28/2000
Aircraft: Maule MX-7-160, registration: N6287P
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 tail-wheel airplane was departing a 1,900 foot long, 70 foot wide, grass runway. According to the pilot, '...Full power was brought up and the brakes were released. The aircraft veered immediately to the left and not having airspeed to correct, I could not bring it to centerline. The [airplane] accelerated but continued to the left...' The pilot then aborted the takeoff, however, the airplane continued to left, impacted a tree, and flipped over. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact abnormalities of the airframe or engine. The pilot stated he did not remember if the airplane's tail wheel was straight when he commenced the takeoff roll.

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

The pilot's failure maintain directional control and his delayed decision to abort the takeoff. Contributing factors were trees.

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