NTSB Identification: CHI89LA102.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39972.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 01, 1989 in FLUSHING, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/29/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 206, registration: N8535Q
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.
DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL ON AN INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT, WHILE AT A POINT APPROXIMATELY HALFWAY DOWN THE RUNWAY, THE PRIVATE PILOT JUDGED THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT ACCELERATING SATISFACTORILY AND ELECTED TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF. THE PILOT APPLIED BRAKES BUT WAS UNABLE TO STOP THE AIRCRAFT BEFORE IT RAN OFF THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH TREES. BOTH THE PRIVATE PILOT AND THE INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTOR REPORTED THAT IT HAD BEEN RAINING IN THE AREA PRIOR TO THE FLIGHT, AND THE RUNWAY WAS WET, WITH STANDING WATER IN SPOTS. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE WATER 'DAMPERED THE BRAKING ACTION CONSIDERABLY.'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: PILOT'S INADEQUATE AIRCRAFT CONTROL DURING THE ABORTED TAKEOFF ATTEMPT, AND THE AIRCRAFT'S RESULTANT COLLISION WITH TREES. THE WET RUNWAY WAS A FACTOR IN THE LACK OF NORMAL BRAKING ACTION.
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