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N8994V accident description

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Crash location 41.993055°N, 86.128334°W
Nearest city Dowagiac, MI
41.984212°N, 86.108623°W
1.2 miles away
Tail number N8994V
Accident date 04 Aug 2018
Aircraft type Cessna 172
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that, during takeoff from a soft field runway, about 10 feet above the ground, the airplane drifted left. The left wing "dipped", contacted the ground and the airplane impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to right wing, right elevator and fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot added that he should have "stayed longer in ground effect."

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 20 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 210° at 10 knots and about 40 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 190º at 7 knots. The airplane departed on runway 22.

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