NTSB Identification: FTW88LA124.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37417.
Accident occurred Friday, June 24, 1988 in PORTLAND, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N201ZP
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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 PILOT DRAGGED THE LOWER EMPENNAGE ON THE RUNWAY DURING THE TAKEOFF ROTATION. A PREMATURE LIFTOFF RESULTED AND THE AIRCRAFT RECONTACTED THE RUNWAY TWICE BEFORE THE AIRCRAFT PASSED THE RUNWAY END. THEREAFTER, THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A POWERLINE BEFORE IMPACTING THE TERRAIN. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE FAILED TO PROPERLY POSITION THE ELEVATOR TRIM TAB BEFORE INITIATING THE TAKEOFF GROUND RUN.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ELEVATOR TRIM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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