NTSB Identification: LAX98LA290.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 12, 1998 in TAFT, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/1999
Aircraft: WEBER-MUSTANG II DIAMOND, registration: N10AW
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 pilot reported that during the takeoff roll on the south-facing runway, the aircraft drifted off to the left side of the runway. The left wingtip impacted the bushes and the aircraft swerved left into the brush off the runway. The landing gear collapsed. The pilot reported that the winds at the time of the accident were from approximately 090 degrees at 7 knots. The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunction with the aircraft prior to the accident.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for the crosswind condition and failure to maintain proper runway alignment during the takeoff roll.

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