NTSB Identification: DEN00LA123.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 06, 2000 in TAOS, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2003
Aircraft: Beech G18S, registration: N1800L
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The private pilot receiving instruction initiated the takeoff on runway 22. At approximately 40 mph, she raised the tail off the ground in preparation for liftoff. The airplane veered to the left, and the flight instructor took control and aborted the takeoff. The airplane struck a runway light before coming to a stop on the left side of the runway. The flight instructor said that as power was increased for takeoff, the right throttle was advanced slightly ahead of the left throttle, and this, in combination with the gusty crosswind, caused the airplane to veer left off the runway. The wind was from 180 degrees at 17 knots (19 mph), with gusts to 24 knots (28 mph). This would present a 40 degree left quartering headwind. The airplane was not equipped with Geisse safety gear. According to the Crosswind Component Chart contained in the Beech G18S 'Flight Handbook,' the maximum safe crosswind component was not exceeded.

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

Failure of the pilot receiving instruction to maintain directional control. Factors were a gusty crosswind, inadequate supervision by the flight instructor, and the runway light.

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