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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 177630
Last updated: 8 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150
Registration: N7793E
C/n / msn: 17593
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Old Town, ME -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Old Town, ME (OLD)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that during the takeoff roll, when the airplane reached about 1/3 the runway's length (about 1,060 feet), he thought it should have been airborne. At 2/3 the runway's length (about 2,120 feet), the pilot knew he had a problem, but "rotated" the airplane at 40 knots and became airborne. After rotation, he felt that the engine was not developing full power, and was "sluggish and lacking horsepower." The pilot briefly employed carburetor heat, then attempted to adjust the engine's mixture control; however, neither adjustment improved the airplane's performance. After bouncing once in a field, the pilot was able to land the airplane on an interstate median, where it nosed over in muddy terrain. There was no evidence of mechanical malfunction. Computation of weight and balance information provided by the pilot revealed that the airplane was 184 pounds over maximum gross weight at takeoff. Performance data revealed that an airplane at maximum gross weight should have been airborne in less than 600 feet of runway distance.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to abort the takeoff. Factors were the pilot's incorrect assessment of the airplane's weight and the muddy terrain.



Revision history:

07-Jul-2015 15:44 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 18:02 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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