NTSB Identification: CHI92LA186.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47455.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 24, 1992 in NAPOLEON, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N2888X
Injuries: 3 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

PILOT ABORTED HIS FIRST TAKEOFF ON RUNWAY 27, A 2575 FOOT GRASS RUNWAY. ON SECOND ATTEMPT, AIRCRAFT BECAME AIRBORNE. WITNESSES DESCRIBED AIRCRAFT AS 'FLYING IN GROUND EFFECT,' AND 'APPEARED TO BE IN A STALLED ATTITUDE.' PILOT ATTEMPTED TO MANEUVER AIRCRAFT, AND IT HIT THE GROUND, SKIDDED ACROSS A ROAD, AND HIT A TREE. PILOT STATED THAT HE 'FELT THE AIRCRAFT BUFFETING LIKE IT WAS GOING TO STALL.' RUNWAY PILOT SELECTED HAD 69+ FEET TREES OFF THE DEPARTURE END. WIND WAS 360 DEGREES AT 4 KNOTS.

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

AN INADVERTENT STALL ON TAKEOFF.

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