NTSB Identification: FTW00LA016.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 24, 1999 in NO. LITTLE ROCK, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/2000
Aircraft: Bellanca 7ACA, registration: N138MB
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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The 179-hour private pilot delayed aborting the takeoff from a 3,009 foot runway after she noticed that the takeoff roll seemed longer than usual. The airplane became airborne at 50 mph and climbed to approximately 50 feet agl. The pilot became aware that something was not right and lowered the nose of the airplane to attempt to increase the airspeed to 60 mph. By the time 60 mph was attained, the airplane was too far down the runway to abort the takeoff. The pilot elected to turn left and attempt to return to the runway. During the turn, the right wing of the airplane impacted a gully at the departure end of the runway. The pilot stated that the engine was still running when the airplane contacted the ground. The reason for the partial loss of engine power could not be determined.

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

The pilot's delay in aborting the takeoff. A factor was the partial loss of engine power for an undetermined reason.

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