NTSB Identification: BFO94LA059.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 02, 1994 in ONEONTA, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1995
Aircraft: GULFSTREAM AMERICAN AA-5B, registration: N28224
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE STUDENT PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, AS HE WAS ABOUT TO LIFT OFF, THE AIRPLANE VEERED LEFT. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO REGAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL, DESPITE USING RIGHT RUDDER/BRAKE. THE AIRPLANE OVERRAN THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A SNOWBANK. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE BELIEVED THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH THE LEFT WHEEL OR BRAKE. AN FAA AVIATION SAFETY INSPECTOR WHO EXAMINED THE AIRPLANE DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. THERE WAS A 90 DEGREE LEFT CROSSWIND AT 14 KTS WITH GUSTS TO 20 KTS, AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING TAKEOFF. A RELATED FACTOR WAS THE CROSSWIND COMPONENT.

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