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N7686K accident description

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Crash location 35.400000°N, 93.065833°W
Nearest city Dover, AR
35.401471°N, 93.114341°W
2.7 miles away
Tail number N7686K
Accident date 02 Jun 2010
Aircraft type Piper PA-20
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to a written statement provided by the pilot to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the airplane hit a deer during the takeoff roll from a private grass strip. The airplane was unable to clear the trees at the end of the runway, impacted the tree tops, and came to rest on the far side of the trees. Both main landing gear were spread out and the propeller was bent. An examination of the airframe and its systems, conducted by the FAA, revealed minor damage and no mechanical anomalies. The pilot confirmed that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane. On June 30, 2010, the Safety Board was notified, by the passenger, that he had sustained serious injuries during the accident. The passenger also elaborated that the airplane had not impacted a deer; however, the airplane had an "extremely long" takeoff roll and had impacted the tree tops at the departure end of the runway prior to impacting the ground. The pilot did not submit the Pilot Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report form 6120.1/2, as requested multiple times by the Safety Board.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the trees during takeoff.

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