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NTSB Final Report: Aeronca 11AC

Airplane’s Climb Rate Was Insufficient To Avoid The Trees At The Departure End Of The Runway Analysis: The pilot was taking off from a 2,700-ft-long runway and described that during the initial climb, the airplane’s climb rate was insufficient to avoid the trees at the departure end of the runway. The pilot attempted to land on the remaining runway; however, the airplane departed the far end of the runway, impacted a berm, and came to rest in a lake. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

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