NTSB Identification: CHI99LA152.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 16, 1999 in LINCOLN, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/2000
Aircraft: Cessna A188B, registration: N9275R
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.

While on the takeoff roll the pilot realized that the airplane, '...might not fly.' The pilot reported that he dumped his chemical load and the airplane began to liftoff. The pilot stated that as the airplane began to depart the runway surface, it struck a stone fence post at the end of the runway with the right main gear. He said that he then reduced the power, touched down in a pasture, and skidded to a stop. The pilot reported the condition of the grass runway was soft and wet, with the height of the grass about 6 inches. The pilot reported that the humidity was high and that there was light fog at the time of the accident. A weather observation station, located 29 nautical miles to the southeast of the accident site, reported winds were 200-degrees magnetic at 18 knots, temperature 79-degrees Fahrenheit, and a dew point temperature of 68-degrees Fahrenheit. The pilot indicated in his written report to the NTSB that there were no preimpact mechanical problems with the airplane.

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

the altitude/clearance not obtained by the pilot and the unsuitable takeoff area selected by the pilot. Factors to the accident were the high, soft, and wet grass runway.

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