NTSB Identification: NYC05LA113.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 04, 2005 in Pittstown, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2006
Aircraft: Meyer Atlantis, registration: N98Y
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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A witness, who was also a pilot, observed the airplane during its takeoff from the runway. As the airplane reached about the mid-point of the runway, the left wing struck the runway. The airplane's canopy then appeared to open, and the pilot attempted to grab it with one hand. The witness heard a reduction in power, and then an increase in power as the airplane continued its takeoff. As the airplane reached about 800 feet, it initiated a turn to the left, and struck power lines as it was returning to the airport. The airplane then impacted the ground at the base of the power lines. Examination of the airplane revealed no mechanical deficiencies. The pilot reported that he had no memory of the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from power lines, while returning to the airport after takeoff. Full narrative available
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