ATL05CA058
ATL05CA058

On March 6, 2005, about 1715 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N7209J, registered to and operated by the private pilot, collided with trees following an aborted takeoff at High Valley Airpark private airstrip in Suches, Georgia. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 with no flight plan filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The private pilot and the passenger reported no injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight was originating from runway 20 at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated the windsock showed little to no wind, the takeoff was performed with no flaps, and he held the brakes to allow the engine rpm to come up before initiating the takeoff roll. The pilot stated airplane's engine rpm and speed seemed "normal" during the takeoff roll. The pilot stated the airplane lifted off the runway and climbed a few feet, then settled back onto the runway. The pilot stated he decided to abort the takeoff, and he reduced the engine power and applied the brakes. The airplane continued off the end of the runway and through a fence before coming to stop approximately 100 feet from the end of the runway.

Examination of the airplane revealed damage to the nose gear, firewall, wings, and propeller. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunction with the airplane. High Valley Airpark is a private grass airstrip approximately 2,000 feet long and 60 feet wide at an elevation of approximately 2,800 feet.

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