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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212516
Last updated: 18 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C140 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 140
Registration: N2011N
C/n / msn: 12247
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Madison, SD -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Madison, SD (MDS)
Destination airport:Madison, SD (MDS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The flight instructor, acting as a safety pilot, in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, to expedite takeoff, he decided to take off from the grass runway instead of the concrete runway. He added that, about midway into the soft-field takeoff roll, he observed that the airplane was “struggling to build airspeed.” He added that the runway had previously thawed and was “wet spongy sod.” He reduced power and began to apply the brakes to abort the takeoff, but the airplane overran the runway, impacted a snow bank, and nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.
The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The flight instructor’s delayed aborted takeoff on a soft, wet, grass runway, which resulted in a runway overrun.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

22-Jun-2018 07:41 ASN Update Bot Added

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