NTSB Identification: NYC91LA231.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45089.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 08, 1991 in RANGELEY, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/27/1993
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC/2D, registration: N95123
Injuries: 1 Minor,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 PILOT INITIATED A TAKEOFF ON A 3 MILES LONG LAKE WITH 2/3S OF IT BEHIND HIM. ONCE AIRBORNE, HE WAS UNABLE TO OUTCLIMB THE TERRAIN AND STRUCK TREES.

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

IMPROPER TAKEOFF PLANNING BY THE PILOT WHICH RESULTED IN AN INFLIGHT COLLISION WITH TREES DURING INITIAL CLIMB. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT'S DECISION NOT TO USE THE FULL LAKE SURFACE AVAILABLE FOR TAKEOFF.

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