NTSB Identification: LAX99LA222.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 19, 1999 in ELKO, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/14/2001
Aircraft: Piper J3C-65, registration: N26842
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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This was the first flight after an annual inspection had been performed. Prior to the initial takeoff, the airplane was taxi tested with no discrepancies noted. The pilot stated that the engine started easily and ran smoothly at lower rpm settings. An engine run-up was conducted, which included a magneto check, with no anomalies experienced. During the takeoff roll, the pilot noted that the engine did not produce full power. He elected to continue the takeoff, and noted that the rpm did not go above 1,600. He attempted to turn back to the runway to land. As he made the crosswind to downwind turn, the left wing stalled. The airplane pitched down and fell about 50 feet to the ground. The engine was inspected, and found to have weak compression in two cylinders. The examination further revealed that there were leaks coming from the intake and exhaust valves of both cylinders. No further discrepancies were noted.

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

The pilot's failure to reject the takeoff after noting that the engine would not produce takeoff power.

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