CHI02LA220
CHI02LA220

On July 28, 2002, at 0840 eastern daylight time, a Cessna R172K, N1086V, piloted by a private pilot, sustained substantial damage when it impacted a curb after an aborted takeoff following a reported loss of engine power during takeoff from runway 36 (2,510 feet by 50 feet, asphalt), at the Dalton Airport, Flushing, Michigan. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. The pilot and his one passenger were not injured. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and the intended destination was the Lost Creek Airport, Luzerne, Michigan.

In a written report, the pilot stated, "just after becoming airborn no increase in airspeed was noted and [the] aircraft felt heavy - airspeed started to decrease in level flight approx[imately] 15 [feet] AGL. Decision to abort [takeoff] was made and [aircraft] was flown to runway - power off - upon contact - brakes were applied full for over 800 [feet]." The airplane subsequently slid off the end of the runway, across an adjacent road, and impacted into the curb on the opposite side of the road. The nose landing gear of the airplane collapsed. The pilot stated that the runway was wet from a previous rain.

A postaccident examination of the airplane by the Federal Aviation Administration failed to reveal any anomalies with regard to the airplane, the engine, or related systems.

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