NTSB Identification: ERA13LA279
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Louisville, KY
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N118JD
Injuries: 4 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 11, 2013, about 2225 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172M, N118JD, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during takeoff from Bowman Field (LOU), Louisville, Kentucky. The private pilot and three passengers were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot was seriously injured and unable to provide a statement about the accident. Review of radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed the airplane was performing touch-and-go landings to runway 33 at LOU. On the fourth touch-an-go landing, the airplane took off from runway 33, and radar contact was lost at about 200 feet above ground level. The airplane impacted the ground about 430 feet from the departure end of the runway. According to an FAA inspector, the right wing impacted the ground first and the airplane pivoted around the nose before coming to rest upright, nose down, on a golf course. Both propeller blades exhibited chordwise scratching and the inspector noted substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

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