NTSB Identification: SEA01LA076.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 21, 2001 in Sultan, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/27/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172 N, registration: N8402E
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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Shortly after departure, during the initial climb out, the airplane collided with trees and terrain approximately 1,000 feet beyond the departure end of the turf runway. A witness to the accident (a certified pilot) reported that the airplane appeared to stall just before colliding with trees. The pilot stated that he noted a decreasing airspeed just before colliding with tree tops. Post-accident examination of the airplane by personal from the NTSB, Cessna Aircraft and Textron Lycoming revealed no evidence of a mechanical malfunction or failure.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate clearance from trees and terrain during the airplane's initial climb.

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