On September 25, 1993, about 1330 hours eastern daylight time, N841L, a Cessna 172, operated by the Civil Air Patrol, impacted trees and was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff from a road at Emporia, Virginia. The certificated private pilot and his passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight was conducted under 14 CFR 91 and originated from Hampton Roads, Virginia.

According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was to practice "low level" search techniques. While circling above a specified area, the engine "lost partial power." A successful precautionary landing was initiated on a county highway. Once on the ground, the pilot checked the fuel tank sumps and drained some water from the left fuel tank. He then started the engine and ran it to full power with no problems noted. After shutting down the engine, he pushed the airplane as far back as possible in attempt to gain the maximum amount of straight line distance on the highway for takeoff. He stated that he noticed he had about 1,800 feet of distance to take off, and he also noticed trees and powerlnes on both ends of the proposed strip.

He and the passenger then boarded the airplane, started the engine, and performed another engine run-up. Noting no problems, he attempted to take off. During the takeoff roll, he realized that he would not be able to the clear power lines ahead. He aborted the takeoff, but was unable to safely stop the airplane in time. The airplane continued rolling and impacted trees. No mechanical malfunctions were reported by the pilot.

An examination by a FAA aviation safety inspector revealed substantial damage to both wings and the vertical stabilizer. No pre-impact mechanical deficiencies were found.

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