NTSB Identification: CHI02LA156.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 04, 2002 in Fairmont, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/2003
Aircraft: Hale Kitfox Model III, registration: N76WH
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot attempted to depart an alfalfa field adjacent to his home. After becoming airborne, he crossed a road and a railroad track adjacent to the field, and impacted a tree line running along the tracks. The pilot held a student pilot certificate without a solo endorsment.

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

Failure by the pilot to obtain adequate clearance from the tree line, as well as a failure to abort the takeoff in a timely manner. A contributing factor was the tree line.

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