FTW95LA104
FTW95LA104

On January 31, 1995, at 1215 central standard time, a Cessna 172H, N2610L, was substantially damaged during takeoff, near Mountain View, Arkansas. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, while his passenger was uninjured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight. According to the pilot, he completed a full stop landing at an abandoned grass airstrip and taxied back for takeoff from a point approximately 2,400 feet from the departure end of the strip. Takeoff roll was initiated to the northeast using a short field takeoff technique. The pilot stated that acceleration was poor due to the tall wet grass. The strip was 4,500 feet long At a point approximately 1,800 feet from the point of takeoff, the pilot elected to abort the takeoff after it became apparent to him that he was not going to become airborne and clear the trees at the departure end. The pilot stated that he utilized maximum braking to stop the airplane and attempted to intentionally ground loop the airplane.

The airplane continued straight ahead, crossed a ditch, and impacted trees at the departure end of the airstrip. In the recommendation block of the enclosed NTSB Form 6120.1/2, the pilot stated that "pilots must always be aware of wind speed and direction even at outlying fields where there is no wind sock or indicator."

A local resident reported that a 15 to 20 knot tailwind prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot reported the winds from 200 degrees at 10 knots, while the nearest weather reporting station reported the winds from 230 degrees at 7 knots.

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