NTSB Identification: CEN13CA386
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Climax Springs, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/21/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N6674W
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The day prior to the accident flight, the pilot landed at the private grass airstrip that was no longer maintained. The airstrip had a 2,600 foot long runway with 2- to 3-feet tall grass the length of the runway. On the day of the accident flight, the pilot twice attempted to depart the overgrown runway using a “short-field” takeoff technique. During the first takeoff, he exceeded his predetermined “No-Go” point on the runway and aborted the takeoff. On the second takeoff, the airplane attained 60 to 65 mph and lifted off the ground, but settled back on the runway past the “No-Go” point. The pilot was unable to stop the airplane before it went off the end of the runway and impacted trees. The pilot reported that there was no malfunction or system failure of the airplane before the accident.

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

The pilot’s inadequate planning and poor decision to attempt to take off on a runway from which the airplane could not obtain flight.

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