NTSB Identification: MIA82FKT10
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 27, 1982 in LABELLE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N5143V
Injuries: 3 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT AND TWO PASSENGERS PLANNED TO DEPART ON A FLIGHT TO SPOT HOGS FOR HUNTERS. THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOADED WITH ABOUT 50 GALLONS OF FUEL AND WAS NEAR ITS MAXIMUM GROSS WEIGHT. BEFORE TAKEOFF, THE PILOT NOTED THE WIND. HE REPORTED THAT IT WAS LIGHT AND VARIABLE FROM THE EAST-NORTHEAST WITH GUSTS FROM 10 TO 15 KNOTS. DURING A TAKEOFF TO THE NORTH, HE NOTED A CROSSWIND FROM THE RIGHT. HE STATED THAT WHEN THE PLANE WAS NEAR THE END OF THE STRIP, IT FELT LIKE IT WAS READY TO LIFT-OFF, WHEN IT SUDDENLY SETTLED BACK. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT HIT A SMALL TREE AND A MOUND OF SAND OR DIRT. THE TREE WAS LOCATED TO THE LEFT OF THE RUNWAY. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT THERE WAS A LIGHT WIND FROM THE EAST-SOUTHEAST THAT SUDDENLY SHIFTED TO THE SOUTH AND GUSTED FROM 12 TO 15 MPH. HE REPORTED THAT THE WIND SHIFT OCCURRED WHEN THE AIRCRAFT HAD ONLY TRAVELED 300 TO 400 FT ON ITS TAKEOFF ROLL. THE SOUTH END OF THE STRIP WAS PARTIALLY SURROUNDED BY TALL PINE TREES.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND

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

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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