NTSB Identification: IAD00LA081.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 07, 2000 in HEADWATERS, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180, registration: N15275
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot completed a landing to a 1,600-foot long grass airstrip. After landing, he taxied to the end of the runway, turned around, and prepared to make a short field take-off. The pilot set the flaps to 25 degrees, applied full power, pulled the yoke to the full aft position, and began the take-off roll. The airplane came off the ground about 1,200 feet down the runway. The pilot rated passenger stated the pilot 'pulled the aircraft up too much' after take-off, and the 'nose got too high.' He also stated, the stall warning light 'flickered' after passing over the departure end of the runway. The pilot stated there was not enough airspeed to maintain lift, and he turned the airplane to the left and landed hard in a field adjacent to the runway. The terrain rose about 1,500 feet beyond the departure end of the runway. The passenger stated that the rising terrain 'could be very deceiving', because from the take-off end of the runway, the terrain appeared closer than it actually was. Examination of the airplane revealed there were no mechanical deficiencies.

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

Pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during take-off, which resulted in a stall.

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