NTSB Identification: NYC01LA229.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 23, 2001 in Rhinebeck, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/01/2003
Aircraft: Boeing E75N1, registration: N57940
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.
Within a 2-year period prior to the accident, the pilot had operated out of the 2,200-foot turf runway approximately 20 times. During the accident takeoff, the airplane was about 50 feet above the ground with 500 feet of runway remaining, when the engine "coughed." However, the pilot believed the engine continued to develop full power, and there was insufficient runway remaining to abort the takeoff. The pilot maintained a climb speed of 65 mph, but as the airplane neared the end of the runway, the climb rate decreased, and the airplane struck trees. The pilot stated that he usually cleared the trees by 100 feet. He added that the airplane was equipped with a mid-range metal propeller, and the fuel tanks were approximately ¾ full. The pilot further stated that 1 week after the accident, some witnesses told him that the engine didn't quite sound the same during the accident takeoff as it did during previous takeoffs, but nobody could positively confirm a power loss. Examination of the engine by an FAA inspector did not reveal any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A partial power loss for undetermined reasons. Full narrative available
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