Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ANC13CA083

Talkeetna, AK, USA

Aircraft #1

N3599A

PIPER PA-18A

Analysis

Same as Factual Information

Factual Information

The pilot reported that during takeoff, as the tailwheel-equipped airplane lifted off of the ground, the left wing lifted, and despite his control inputs, it drifted to the right. Subsequently, the airplane impacted trees on the right side of the runway, which resulted in structural damage to both wings and fuselage. The pilot added that at the time of takeoff, a 10 to 15 knot left crosswind was present. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilots failure to maintain directional control during takeoff.

 

Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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