NTSB Identification: CHI01LA171.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 17, 2001 in Stratford, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/13/2003
Aircraft: Larson Murphy Rebel, registration: N622GL
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 aircraft sustained substantial damage during an in-flight collision with an electric fence following a takeoff from a farm field. The field used for takeoff had tall grass and rising terrain in the direction of the takeoff. According to the pilot, "after liftoff the aircraft contacted a wire fence which slowed the aircraft down. The aircraft contacted the soft ground and flipped over into its back." In a written report, the pilot indicated that there were no mechanical malfunctions of the aircraft.

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

The pilot's failure to abort the takeoff from the farm field. Factors were the tall grass, the rising terrain, the fence, and the inadequate planning/decision by the pilot.

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