NTSB Identification: FTW84LA013.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24141.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 11, 1983 in COPEVILLE, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N48774
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 PLT HAD LANDED IN A PASTURE AREA THAT WAS ABOUT 1500 FT LONG. WHILE ON THE GROUND, A WX FRONT BEGAN MOVING IN & THE PLT ELECTED TO TAKEOFF TO MOVE THE ACFT TO A SAFER LOCATION. HE INITATED HIS TAKEOFF TO THE SOUTH; HOWEVER, THE GROUND WAS SOFT DUE TO RECENT RAINS. THE ACFT LIFTED OFF, BUT WOULD NOT CLIMB SUFFICIENTLY TO CLEAR 25 FT TREES AT THE END OF THE FIELD. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE TREES AT ABOUT 10 TO 15 FT AGL & CAME TO REST IN A WINGS LEVEL ATTITUDE, SUSPENDED APRX 5 FT AGL IN THE TREES. THE PLT BELIEVED THAT HIS LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN SOFT FIELD OPERATIONS CONTRIBUTED TO AN IMPROPER DECISION.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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