NTSB Identification: MIA02LA132.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, July 10, 2002 in Pickens, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/28/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N737CQ
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that he had not removed the gust lock and during the takeoff roll, as he was ready to rotate, he noticed the mistake and tried to abort the takeoff, but the airplane continued on exiting the end of the runway and colliding with trees.

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

The pilot's improper preflight planning/preparation that resulted in the airplane's gust lock being left installed which resulted in a loss of control during the takeoff roll and damage to the airplane when it exited the departure end of the runway and collided with trees.

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