On September 7, 2003, at 0930 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150M, N63600, was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff from a grass field in Jetersville, Virginia. The certificated private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight. No flight plan had been filed for the personal flight that was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot reported that he landed in the field about 0900, and had previously operated from the field without any problems. He described the field as approximately 1,800 feet in length, and covered with grass that was approximately 4 to 5 inches high.
About 0930, he initiated his takeoff. In a written statement he said:
"...The winds were calm and the sky was clear and all conditions seemed perfect for a successful takeoff. During the takeoff run, the liftoff speed was never attained. A top speed of only 50 knots was reached and something seemed to hold the plane at this speed. Once I realized that I would not be able to liftoff at this speed, I decided to abort the takeoff. During my attempt to stop the aircraft by hard braking, the tires were sliding on the grass which was still wet from the morning dew, and I was unable to stop the aircraft before it slid into the trees...."