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NTSB Identification: ANC19LA015
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Talkeetna, AK
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N7095S
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On March 16, 2019, about 1650 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 150 airplane, N7095S, sustained substantial damage during an off-airport, emergency landing, shortly after takeoff from Runway 1 at the Talkeetna Airport (TKA), Talkeetna, Alaska. The certificated flight instructor and one student sustained no injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a visual flight rules instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from TKA, about 1645.

During a telephone conversation with a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator on March 16, the flight instructor reported that the purpose of the flight was to provide an introductory flight lesson to a prospective new student. She added that she was in the right seat, and the student was in the left seat at the time of the accident.

The flight instructor said that during the first takeoff run, condensation formed on the airplane's windscreen, so she aborted the takeoff and taxied back to the end of Runway 1 for a second attempt, using all 3,500 feet of available runway. She said that during the second takeoff attempt, just after becoming airborne, the nose of the airplane pitched up unexpectedly, so she pushed the control yoke full forward to lower the nose, but with no response. She said that she then asked the student for assistance in holding the yoke forward while she attempted to apply nose down elevator trim.

The flight instructor then observed the approaching tree line ahead, and unable to correct the nose high attitude of the airplane, she reduced the engine power to idle and selected an area of tree covered terrain as an emergency landing site. The airplane subsequently settled into the trees and came to rest near a road. The occupants were able to egress without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage. The airplane was removed from the accident site and transported to a secure location for further examination.

The closest weather reporting facility was the Talkeetna Airport. At 1653, the METAR was reporting, in part: wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles, overcast clouds at 10,000 ft; temperature 32°F; dew point 23°F; altimeter 29.28 inches of mercury.