NTSB Identification: ERA09LA459
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 12, 2009 in Sussex, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/12/2010
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N6676S
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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

Following the takeoff, the airplane was slow to climb and clipped treetops beyond the end of the runway. The pilot then pulled back on the yoke and stalled the airplane. Examination of the engine did not reveal any abnormalities that would have precluded normal operation or the production of rated horsepower. Examination of the airframe and flight control system components revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical failure or malfunction. According to weight calculations, the airplane was 24 pounds over maximum gross weight. Airplane climb capability was further compromised with the center of gravity located forward of the forward limit.

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

The pilot’s improper pre-flight planning and take off over gross weight limits.

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