Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2001 Issue

April 04, Lexington, Va. / Piper Cherokee 180

At 07:05 eastern time, a Piper PA-28-180 struck a fencepost during takeoff from a private airstrip in Lexington. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The pilot told investigators he was taking off from Runway 33, a 2,200-foot grass strip with random low spots. The takeoff was attempted after several days of rain and the ground was still soggy. After liftoff, the airplane struck a 6-inch square wooden fence post at the departure end of the runway....

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