NTSB Identification: CHI02LA205.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 19, 2002 in El Dorado Sprgs, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/06/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA28-140, registration: N8220N
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.
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The airplane impacted trees about 120 yards past the end of the runway on takeoff. Using the closest weather reporting station, the density altitude was calculated to be 3,085 feet. The pilot stated that neither he nor the certified flight instructor (CFI) on-board calculated the density altitude prior to the takeoff attempt. The takeoff was initiated from the runway intersection. The full runway length was not used. The pilot stated that during the takeoff roll, he reduced engine power to abort the takeoff. He further stated that the CFI advised him that the takeoff could be continued. The pilot restored full power and continued the takeoff. The airplane subsequently impacted the tree line.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The failure by the flight crew to abort the takeoff, as well as a failure by the flight instructor to properly monitor takeoff performance. Contributing factors to the accident were the flight crew's failure to calculate required takeoff distance, considering existing density altitude and runway surface/condition, and to utilize all available runway length. Full narrative available
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