NTSB Identification: CHI03LA083.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 15, 2003 in Chanute, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/2003
Aircraft: Nabole Steen Skybolt, registration: N75JD
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The airplane sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after takeoff. The airplane experienced a partial loss of engine power at 200 feet above ground level. The pilot reported he initially turned right 30 degrees after he recognized the partial loss of power so that he could turn back to the runway if necessary. He turned back to the left to make a downwind landing. The airplane landed in a field about 150 yards short of the runway and the landing gear collapsed during the landing roll. He reported that the airspeed was 90 knots at touchdown. The inspection of the engine revealed no anomalies. The field immediately south of the departure runway was a large, flat wheat field. The pilot reported that he "should have went for the field straight ahead of the aircraft."

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

The partial loss of engine power during takeoff-initial climb for undetermined reasons. The pilot's improper decision and unsuitable terrain are contributing factors.

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