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N6446F accident description

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Crash location 46.479167°N, 84.368334°W
Nearest city Rosedale, MI
46.376131°N, 84.321981°W
7.5 miles away
Tail number N6446F
Accident date 02 Sep 2009
Aircraft type Cessna 150F
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On September 2, 2009, at 1310 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150F, N6446F, collided with trees and the terrain following a loss of control while taking off from a private airstrip in Rosedale, Michigan. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. The local personal flight was operating under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The 85-year-old pilot reported that the airplane did not seem to have enough power to become airborne during the takeoff. The airplane veered off the right side of the runway where it came to rest after contacting trees and scrub brush.

The pilot had not flown during the past 3 years, nor had the airplane been flown in 3 years. The pilot did not hold a current medical certificate. The pilot's wife reported he suffered a fall 3 years ago and that his physical and mental capabilities were such that he should not have been trying to fly the airplane.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff ground run. Contributing to the accident were the pilot's deteriorated physical and mental capabilities.

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