Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Cooperstown-Westville Airport

Cooperstown, New York 13326
Tuesady, August 3, 2004 14:55 EDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
During the takeoff roll, the airplane veered sharply to the left. The pilot applied right rudder to realign the airplane on the centerline, and when the airplane did not respond, she "instinctively" pulled back on the controls to lift the airplane off the runway. Because the airplane "lacked adequate airspeed," immediately after rotation, it descended, and impacted the ground. The pilot stated that the correct action, "to pull the power back" and abort the takeoff, did not occur to her until it was too late. No mechanical deficiencies were observed with the airplane.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed and her premature rotation which resulted in an inadvertent stall/mush and subsequent impact with the ground.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date8/3/2004 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1455 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityCooperstown 
Event StateNEW YORK 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site13326 
Event Date Year2004 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude423745N 
Event Location Longitude0745327W 
Event Location AirportCooperstown-Westville Airport 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDK23 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation1260 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1456 Eastern Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)300 
Weather Observation Facility IDUCA 
Elevation of weather observation facility742 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)38 
Time Zone of the weather observationEDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)28 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)20 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)260 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.8 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjurySerious 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)18035 
NTSB Notification SourceEastern Region Ops Center  
NTSB Notification DateAug 3 2004 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1600 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 7 2005 10:33AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\JOHB  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeAlbany FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN7957U 
NTSB NumberNYC04LA183 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna 
Aircraft Model172F 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number17251957 
Certified Max Gross Weight2300 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection-- 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameNorma Hutman 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner CityOneonta 
Aircraft Owner StateNY 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode13820 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name-- 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeK23  
Departure CityCooperstown 
Departure StateNY 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1455 
Departure Time ZoneEDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport CodeK23  
Destination City-- 
Destination State-- 
Destination Country-- 
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff - roll/run 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 21 2005 11:46AM 
User who most recently changed recordPEAR  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location20 
Runway Length2600 
Runway Width125 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--