NTSB Identification: ATL93LA048.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 50281.
Accident occurred Friday, January 01, 1993 in BESSEMER, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N4292N
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.

A TAKEOFF WAS BEING CONDUCTED IN THE TAILWHEEL AIRPLANE WITH A 70 DEGREE LEFT CROSSWIND. THE PILOT STATED SHE WAS USING RUNWAY 5 & THAT THE AIRPORT AWOS LISTED THE WIND AS FROM THE NORTHWEST AT 4 TO 6 KTS. THE PILOT SAID THAT AS THE TAIL CAME UP THE NOSE OF THE AIRPLANE VEERED A LITTLE TO THE LEFT AND ADDITIONAL RIGHT RUDDER WAS APPLIED. ACCORDING TO HER, AT THAT TIME THE AIRPLANE WAS STRUCK BY A GUST & IT WEATHERVANED SHARPLY TO THE RIGHT. THE AIRPLANE DEPARTED THE RUNWAY RIGHT SIDE AND COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND.

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

THE FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING TAKE OFF.

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