NTSB Identification: ANC89LA113.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38760.
Accident occurred Friday, June 30, 1989 in DUFFYS TAVERN, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/22/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N3200X
Injuries: 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 STATED THAT AFTER LIFTOFF THE AIRCRAFT WOULD NOT 'ACCELERATE ENOUGH TO CLEAR 10' TO 12' BRUSH AT END OF STRIP.' THE AIRCRAFT CONTACTED THE VEGATATION AND SPUN AROUND BEFORE COMING TO REST FACING THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT ALSO ADDED THAT 'THE CONDITION OF THE STRIP PROBABLY WAS THE BIG FACTOR AS THERE WERE SANDY POCKETS THAT SLOWED OUR T.O. RUN.'

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

THE SELECTION OF THE SOFT SANDY STRIP FOR TAKEOFF BY THE PILOT AND HIS PREMATURE LIFTOFF COMBINED TO MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ATTAIN CLIMB AIRSPEED BEFORE COLLIDING WITH BUSHES AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY.

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