NTSB Identification: BFO92LA098.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47078.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 12, 1992 in BALLY, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1993
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N57472
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 WAS TAKING OFF ON RUNWAY 34 WHEN THE AIRPLANE VEERED OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A 20 FOOT TREE BEFORE FALLING TO THE GROUND. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL THE AIRPLANE VEERED TO THE RIGHT, HE UNSUCCESSFULLY TRIED TO COMPENSATE BY APPLYING LEFT RUDDER AND SOME LEFT BRAKE. THE AIRPLANE THEN STRUCK A DIRT MOUND, AND BECAME AIRBORNE BRIEFLY IN A NOSE HIGH LOW SPEED ATTITUDE BEFORE IT STRUCK THE TREE. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE BY THE FAA DID NOT DISCLOSE EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL NOR FLIGHT CONTROL MALFUNCTION.

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

THE PILOT FAILED TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING TAKEOFF.

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