NTSB Identification: ANC01LA128.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, August 29, 2001 in FAIRBANKS, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 170B, registration: N4669C
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The private certificated pilot was departing toward the north from a remote area that was about 700 feet long and 40 feet wide. The pilot said he had utilized the area for landing in the past. The terrain below the takeoff area had several trees, and then an open area of tall grass. The pilot said the airplane lifted off the ground during the takeoff run, but then seemed to "mush" downward. He lowered the nose of the airplane but the left wing collided with a tree about 20 feet above the ground. The pilot then pulled the engine power off, and the airplane descended into the area of grass. During the touchdown, the left main landing gear strut was displaced aft from its attach point at the fuselage.

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

The pilot's inadvertent stall/mush during the initial climb after takeoff, and subsequent in-flight collision with a tree.

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