NTSB Identification: ANC03LA031.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 09, 2003 in Galena, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N1613M
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The commercial pilot reported that following an intersection departure, the airplane stopped climbing when it was about 50 feet above the runway. He said that the airplane's engine appeared to be producing full power, but the airplane still would not climb. As the airplane neared the end of the runway, the pilot closed the engine throttle in an effort to abort the takeoff, and land on the remaining runway. The airplane descended, and as the airplane's main landing gear struck the surface of the runway, the left main landing gear collapsed. The airplane's left wing struck the runway, and the airplane veered off the left side of the runway, into an area of snow-covered terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing. An FAA aviation safety inspector examined the airplane, and reported that no airframe or engine preaccident mechanical anomalies were discovered. The inspector reported that the propeller assembly had been removed prior to his arrival. Under the direction of the NTSB IIC, the propeller assembly was disassembled and inspected. No preimpact mechanical anomalies were noted during the examination.

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

The failure of the airplane to climb after takeoff which resulted in an in-flight collision with terrain during an aborted landing attempt.

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