NTSB Identification: LAX86LA165.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33048.
Accident occurred Friday, April 04, 1986 in NOVATO, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N91301
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 PA-38 LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING A TAKEOFF WITH BOTH THE STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR PILOT AT THE CONTROLS. THE AIRCRAFT SUSTAINED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE BUT BOTH PILOTS WERE UNINJURED. THE WIND WAS 90 DEGREES CROSSWIND AT 10 KNOTS GUSTING TO 15 KNOTS. THE INSTRUCTOR STATED THE STUDENT WAS TRYING TO STEER THE AIRCRAFT LIKE A CAR AND COULD HAVE INADVERTENTLY APPLIED OPPOSITE BRAKE INSTEAD OF RUDDER. THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH A DITCH BEFORE THE INSTRUCTOR COULD TAKE POSITIVE CORRECTIVE ACTION.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..DUAL STUDENT

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)



Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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