NTSB Identification: NYC08CA294
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 22, 2008 in Fincastle, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2009
Aircraft: SACREY W MICHAEL ZENAIR CH, registration: N404BB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the amateur-built Zenair CH 701SP was departing from a turf runway. He reported that he pulled the control stick back too far in an effort to reduce the weight on the nose wheel, which resulted in the airplane becoming airborne prematurely. The airplane did not have enough airspeed for the pilot to be able to maintain directional control. It turned left, descended, and struck trees located off the left side of the runway. He did not report any mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane, nor were any found during post-accident examination.

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

The pilot's inadvertent premature rotation during takeoff.

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