NTSB Identification: WPR13LA299
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 28, 2013 in Trout Lake, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N75542
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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On June 28, 2013, about 0950 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172P, N75542, was substantially damaged after impacting terrain during takeoff from a private grass airstrip near Trout Lake, Washington. The certified private pilot and his three passengers were not injuried. Visual meteorological conditions existed for the planned local flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

In a written statement submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that after lining up on the departure runway he advanced the throttle, observed 2,600 engine revolutions per minute, and released the brakes. The pilot further reported that about halfway down the runway he noticed that the airspeed indicator had only moved off the peg and just above the 40 knot mark. The pilot stated that at about 60 percent down the runway when he realized that he was committed [to take off], and there was not enough runway to stop. The pilot reported that when he was at about 45 knots he pulled the nose off the runway, but there was only enough airspeed to lift the airplane about 4 feet off of the ground. The pilot revealed that the airplane's elevator subsequently struck a barbed wire fence as the right wing impacted a couple of 10-foot high trees. The airplane then flew over a drainage ditch, followed by the main landing gear colliding with and severing a sprinkler pipe. The pilot added that the airplane then skidded on all three wheels before coming to rest about 30 feet past the sprinkler pipe in an upright position. The pilot stated that because he could not attain adequate airspeed, he questioned whether something mechanical may have been wrong with the engine.

The airplane was recovered to a secured location for further examination.

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