NTSB Identification: BFO94LA072.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 22, 1994 in CLARION, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N76545
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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AS THE PILOT BEGAN THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THE AIRPLANE BEGAN TO VEER TO THE LEFT. HE STATED THAT HE 'OVERCONTROLLED' THE AIRPLANE IN AN ATTEMPT TO CORRECT THE HEADING OF THE AIRPLANE. THE AIRPLANE THEN VEERED TO THE RIGHT AND AGAIN TO THE LEFT. THE PILOT CLOSED THE THROTTLE AND THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO ROLL OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. IT NOSED OVER AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE DID NOT REVEAL ANY PRE-IMPACT MECHANICAL DEFICIENCIES.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL WHICH RESULTED IN AN OVERRUN OF THE RUNWAY AND COLLISION WITH A BERM.

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