NTSB Identification: CHI88LA227.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37836.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 1988 in SPARTA, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172G, registration: N6049R
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING A TAKEOFF ATTEMPT FROM HIS PRIVATE STRIP THE PILOT ELECTED TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF. THERE WAS A SLIGHT QUARTERING TAILWIND FOR THE TAKEOFF ATTEMPT. DUE TO THE 'DENSE', DAMP GRASS, WHICH WAS ABOUT 4 INCHES TALL ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, BRAKING EFFECTIVENESS WAS INSUFFICIENT AND THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO CONTROL AND STOP THE AIRCRAFT BEFORE THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT RAN OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY AND CONTINUED THROUGH A SLIGHT BANK, WHERE THE NOSEWHEEL COLLAPSED AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER.

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

ABORT..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WET

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