NTSB Identification: FTW99LA266.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 25, 1999 in LONE GROVE, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2001
Aircraft: Beech C35, registration: N5818C
Injuries: 3 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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During cruise flight, with the fuel selector positioned to the left fuel tank, the engine lost power. An attempt to select the right fuel tank and restart the engine was unsuccessful, and a successful forced landing to a field was accomplished. After the pilot selected the right fuel tank and started the engine, he attempted a short field downwind takeoff uphill in 18-inch tall weeds; however, the airplane 'could not gain enough speed to keep flying.' The airplane traveled uphill 165 yards, struck a barbed wire fence, continued 70 yards and struck another fence. The airplane then traveled 35 yards to a ravine, crossed over the 45-foot wide ravine and continued for another 25 yards before coming to a stop upright. The pilot's takeoff heading was 030 degrees, and the wind was from 130 degrees at 10 knots.

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

The pilot's selection of an unsuitable takeoff area. Factors were the fences struck during the takeoff, the tall grass, rising terrain, and a tailwind.

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