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N2536L accident description

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Crash location 38.358056°N, 96.543889°W
Nearest city Cottonwood Falls, KS
38.372236°N, 96.542784°W
1.0 miles away
Tail number N2536L
Accident date 06 Jun 2015
Aircraft type Cessna 172H
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that he departed from a soft grass runway and used the entire runway length. During the takeoff roll, the airplane accelerated much slower than what he was used to in the soft grass, but still believed he would have enough airspeed to climb. After clearing a fence at the end of the runway, he reported the flight controls felt "mushy," the right wing dropped, and the airplane entered an aerodynamic stall. During the stall the right wing impacted the terrain and the airplane came to rest in a field upright.

The pilot stated there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. During a post-accident inspection, a Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector reported the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to attain adequate airspeed to climb the airplane out of ground effect, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and a collision with terrain.

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