NTSB Identification: CHI88LA191.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37638.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 04, 1988 in ST. CHARLES, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1989
Aircraft: STINSON 108-1, registration: N97797
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 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 FAILED TO ATTAIN SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO CLEAR OBSTACLES DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB-OUT AND THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES LOCATED OFF THE DEPARTURE END OF THE PRIVATE GRASS STRIP. THE AIRCRAFT FELL TO THE GROUND, WHERE IT CAUGHT FIRE AND WAS DESTROYED. THE TEMPERATURE REPORTED BY THE OBSERVATION FACILITY AT SAGINAW, MICHIGAN (APPROXIMATELY 15 NM NORTHEAST OF THE ACCIDENT SITE) AT ABOUT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT WAS 96 DEGREES. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE ACCIDENT MAY HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY WAITING UNTIL IT COOLED DOWN BEFORE DEPARTING.

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

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

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,CLIMB CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TEMPERATURE EXTREMES

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