NTSB Identification: MIA97LA167.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 16, 1997 in BALL GROUND, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 150K, registration: N5689G
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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After applying power to takeoff, the airplane began drifting to the left, which increased as the airspeed increased. The pilot applied right rudder, but the airplane continued to the left. With an embankment ahead, the pilot attempted to takeoff, but the airplane veered off the left side of the runway and collided with the embankment. The airplane operator stated that there was no evidence of preimpact failure or malfunction of the airplane or its systems.

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

failure of the pilot to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll and his failure to abort the takeoff before colliding with an embankment.

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