NTSB Identification: SEA02LA065.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 08, 2002 in Rockford, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/08/2003
Aircraft: WSK PZL Mielec M-18A, registration: N81705
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The pilot reported that during the takeoff from a private airstrip, everything was normal until the aircraft lifted off and the aircraft was not climbing as normal. The aircraft flew another 100 yards and then settled to the ground. The propeller contacted the ground, the engine separated from the firewall and the aircraft nosed over. The pilot reported no mechanical failure or malfunction with the aircraft at the time of the accident. After the accident, witnesses indicated that there was a gust of wind that occurred at the end of the takeoff run.

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

The pilot's inadequate pre-flight planning/decision to continue the takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the wind gusts.

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