NTSB Identification: FTW90LA158.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42455.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 19, 1990 in BROKEN ARROW, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N73571
Injuries: 5 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE AIRPLANE DRIFTED LEFT OFF THE SOD RUNWAY DURING A DUSK TAKEOFF. THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR AND THE RIGHT HORIZONTAL STABILIZER STRUCK A METAL RUNWAY EDGE MARKER DURING LIFT OFF. THE AIRCRAFT THEN TRAVELLED ABOUT 150 FEET AND STRUCK A TREE AT ABOUT 20 FOOT LEVEL WHICH WAS LEFT OF THE RUNWAY BOUNDARY. UPON STRIKING THE TREE, THE AIRPLANE SPUN AROUND AND IMPACTED NOSE DOWN. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE LIFTED THE NOSE GEAR OFF AFTER ABOUT A 500 FOOT GROUND ROLL AND WITNESSES STATED THAT THE AIRPLANE APPEARED TO BE OVER ROTATED. THE RUNWAY WAS 1,225 BY 60 WITH GRASS LENGTH VARYING FROM 6 TO 14 INCHES. PERFORMANCE DATA INDICATED THAT THE AIRPLANE REQUIRED 830 FEET FOR TAKEOFF AND 1,325 FEET TO CLEAR A 50 FOOT OBSTACLE.

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

THE PILOT IN COMMAND'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING THE TAKEOFF.

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