This November 2008 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: Gillespie, Ill. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to take off from his private grass strip, which measured 3,800 feet. There was a 6-inch drainage pipe lying across the runway at the 1,600-foot mark. He did two practice landings and takeoffs to make certain that he could land and takeoff without hitting the drainage pipe. After the second landing, he took three passengers for a flight. He reported that the takeoff was fine, however, during the landing he did not get the airplane stopped in time and it hit the drainage pipe. The pilot and the passengers were not injured.
Probable cause: The decision to takeoff with a known obstacle on the runway.
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