On July 12, 1996 about 2130 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172P, N98730, was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff at the Essex County Airport, Fairfield, New Jersey. The certificated private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight. There was no flight plan for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The pilot stated that he had performed two previous takeoff and landings. During a third takeoff, the control wheel would not move aft, and he aborted the takeoff. During the aborted takeoff, the airplane porpoised and veered off the runway, where the nose gear collapsed, and the propeller struck the ground.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector, the pilot reported that during the aborted takeoff, he reduced power and extended full flaps. Examination of the wreckage by the FAA Inspector revealed no evidence of malfunctions with the airplane.

In the Pilot's Operating Handbook, in the emergency procedures, for engine failure during takeoff run, it stated to

1. Throttle-IDLE. 2. Brakes-APPLY. 3. Wing Flaps-RETRACT. . . .

The amplified procedures further stated: ". . .the most important thing to do is stop the airplane on the remaining runway. . . ."

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