NTSB Identification: WPR16LA083
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 13, 2016 in Boulder, UT
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N4696B
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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On March 13, 2016, about 0800 mountain daylight time, N4696B, a Cessna 180, was substantially damaged when the airplane failed to accelerate while attempting to take off from a private airstrip about 5 miles west of Boulder, Utah. The commercial pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, and his two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the planned local flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.
In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge shortly after the accident, the pilot reported that on the takeoff roll from the 1,600 foot unimproved airstrip, the airplane did not accelerate as he would normally expect it to. The pilot further reported that he observed the rpm was near the redline, however, he did not recall the manifold pressure reading. The pilot stated that when he realized he was too far into the takeoff roll to stop the airplane on the runway remaining, he added a notch of flaps and pulled aft on the control column in an attempt to get the airplane airborne. However, the attempt to get the airplane off the ground was unsuccessful due to impact with a berm and scrub brush, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane's fuselage and elevator.
The airplane was recovered to a secured facility for further examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07