NTSB Identification: FTW94LA137.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 16, 1994 in ROSENBERG, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/1994
Aircraft: JACOBSON SE5A REPLICA, registration: N38111
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT TAXIED THE AIRPLANE TO A POSITION IN THE GRASS 200 FEET PRIOR TO THE RUNWAY TO PROVIDE A TAKEOFF DISTANCE OF 720 FEET. THE REQUIRED TAKEOFF DISTANCE UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS WAS APPROXIMATELY 300 FEET. DURING THE TAKE OFF ROLL THE TAIL CAME OFF THE GROUND PRIOR TO 200 FEET. WHEN THE PILOT STARTED HIS ROTATATION 100 FEET FURTHER DOWN THE RUNWAY, THE TAIL DESCENDED BACK ONTO THE RUNWAY SURFACE. THE WIND WAS 5-15 KNOTS AND CHANGED FROM A RIGHT 45 DEGREE CROSSWIND AT THE BEGINNING OF THE TAKEOFF ROLL TO A 90 DEGREE CROSSWIND AT ROTATION, AND THEN CONTINUED CLOCKWISE TO A DOWN WIND CONDITION. THE AIRPLANE WENT OFF THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY INTO A TERRACED FIELD, THE PILOT MADE A LEFT TURN TO AVOID A DITCH, AND THE AIRPLANE GROUND LOOPED.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER COMPENSATION FOR THE WINDS. A FACTOR WAS THE TAILWIND.

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