CHI96LA061
CHI96LA061

On December 17, 1995, at 1014 eastern standard time, a Cessna 180C, N9379T, piloted by the owner/operator, sustained substantial damage when it collided with a retaining wall and fence during an attempted takeoff from Hull Airport, Patoka, Indiana. The private pilot and passenger reported no injuries. The pleasure flight operated under 14 CFR Part 91 in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. The intended destination was Poseyville, Indiana.

The pilot reported that as he added power to start the takeoff roll on runway 18 (2600' x 100'), he applied right rudder. The pilot stated that approximately 500 feet down the grass runway, the airplane seemed to turn to the left. He applied more right rudder and the airplane lifted off. The airplane settled back to the runway, became airborne again and then impacted a retaining wall located along side a highway at the departure end of the runway. The airplane traveled across the highway and hit a fence before coming to rest on a field.

The pilot stated to the FAA that the airplane did not have any mechanical problems, he just lost control and never fully recovered.

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