NTSB Identification: NYC05LA141.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 10, 2005 in Marstons Mills, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/2006
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140, registration: N6777W
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During takeoff, the airplane struck trees at the end of the 2,700-foot-long runway. The pilot reported that the engine might have lost partial power during the takeoff; however, a subsequent full-power test run of the accident engine was successfully completed. In addition, a witness reported that the airplane lifted off at a high angle of attack, and settled back to the ground. The airplane then lifted off again, and flew in ground effect at a high angle of attack, before striking the trees at the end of the runway. The accident takeoff was attempted on a turf runway, with a quartering tailwind. Although the airplane was operated within weight and performance limitations, the performance charts did not factor a tailwind or turf runway.

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

The pilot's failure to attain a climb during takeoff which resulted in a diminished climb rate and subsequent collision with trees. Factors were the turf runway and a tailwind.

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