NTSB Identification: FTW00LA134.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2000 in TULSA, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 140, registration: N140RE
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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During the takeoff roll, the tailwheel equipped airplane drifted to the right side of the runway, and the pilot reduced the power to abort the takeoff. However, upon noticing that the airplane was heading toward a runway sign, the pilot added full power in an attempt to fly the airplane over the sign. The pilot veered the airplane to the left after noting that the airplane would not clear the sign. The right horizontal stabilizer struck the sign, and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. No mechanical discrepancies were reported.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during the takeoff roll. A factor was the runway sign struck by the aircraft.

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