NTSB Identification: CHI02LA162.
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Accident occurred Thursday, June 13, 2002 in Beaumont, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-32R-300, registration: N38709
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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The airplane was substantially damaged following an impact with trees on takeoff from a wet and muddy grass airstrip. The pilot stated that it had rained the day and night before the accident. The pilot reported that the airplane did not reach rotation speed by the end of the runway and that he should have aborted takeoff after realizing the aircraft was too slow for liftoff. No anomolies with respect to the airframe, powerplant, or systems were determined to have existed prior to impact.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inadequate preflight planning and his failure to abort the takeoff when he realized the aircraft was not accelerating as expected. The wet and muddy turf runway was a contributing factor. Full narrative available
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