NTSB Identification: NYC95LA118.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 1995 in MOSCOW, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/1995
Aircraft: AERONCA O-58B, registration: N46181
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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THE PILOT WAS DEPARTING TO THE NORTH FROM A GRASS RUNWAY AND DURING THE INITIAL TAKEOFF CLIMB AFTER TAKEOFF, THE AIRPLANE DRIFTED RIGHT OF THE RUNWAY CENTERLINE. THE RIGHT WING STRUCK A WIND SOCK POLE AND THE AIRPLANE YAWED TO THE RIGHT AND TOWARDS TREES. WITNESSES SAW THE AIRPLANE ROLL TO THE RIGHT, UNTIL IT BECAME INVERTED AND STRUCK THE GROUND. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO PRE-IMPACT FAILURE OF THE AIRPLANE OR ENGINE. THE PILOT STATED THAT DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, HE APPLIED AILERON AND RUDDER TO CORRECT FOR A CROSS WIND; HOWEVER, THE RIGHT WING STRUCK 'TREES.' THE PILOT ESTIMATED THE WINDS WERE FROM 270 DEGREES AT 6 TO 8 KNOTS. WINDS REPORTED AT AN AIRPORT 10 MILES WEST, WERE FROM 290 DEGREES AT 7 KNOTS.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for a cross wind and his failure to maintain adequate obstacle clearance. A factor is the crosswind.

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