NTSB Identification: SEA97LA055.
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Accident occurred Saturday, February 01, 1997 in BANDON, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/1997
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA, registration: N11099
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The flight was an instructional flight for a checkout in a tailwheel equipped aircraft, with a private pilot-rated student in the front seat and a certificated flight instructor (CFI) in the rear seat. The CFI stated that while he was giving the front-seat student taxi instruction, the airplane departed the runway to the left, as they were slowing from a high-speed taxi. The CFI stated that he took control at this point with enough control input (rudder, power, and aileron) to drag the right wing on the runway. The airplane turned about 45 degrees to the right and departed the right side of the runway. Subsequently, it impacted in a ravine which ran parallel to the right side of the departure end of the runway. No preimpact mechanical malfunction was reported.

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

the dual student's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane, and the flight instructor's improper remedial action. A factor relating to the accident was: the ravine located near the right side of the runway.

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