June 10, 2012, Moscow Mills, Mo. Cessna 172H Skyhawk


The pilot later reported taking off from Runway 27 with winds from 180 degrees at 13 knots gusting to 23 knots. The airplane encountered a strong gust of wind at about five to 10 feet above the runway, then drifted left of centerline and bounced on the runway. The pilot steered the airplane back to the centerline and attempted to abort the takeoff by applying full brakes and pulling the throttle to idle. The airplane went off the end of the 3227 foot runway and the pilot was unable to stop on the wet grass as it went down an embankment. The airplane crossed a road and went into a steep ditch, sustaining substantial damage.


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