Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2002 Issue

December 20, Lewiston, Maine / Cessna Caravan

At 20:00 eastern time, a Cessna 208B struck an antenna after an aborted takeoff from Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport. The pilot was not injured. The pilot said the airplane was covered with snow when she arrived at the airport at 19:15. She preflighted the airplane, loaded the cargo and then cleaned the snow from the airplane with a ladder and broom. She checked for snow contamination again before takeoff, but during the roll the airplane lifted off only momentarily before settling back to the runway. Her attempt to stop the airplane before the end of the unpaved runway was unsuccessful. ...

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