NTSB Identification: MIA86LA178.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30839.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 11, 1986 in VERO BEACH, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2378D
Injuries: 1 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 STUDENT PLT STATED THAT HE WAS ATTEMPTING A PRACTICE SOFT-FIELD TAKEOFF FROM RWY 18. JUST PRIOR TO ROTATION THE MAIN GEAR CONTACTED A BUMP IN THE AIRSTRIP AND THE ACFT DRIFTED TO THE LEFT. THE ACFT CONTINUED LEFT WHERE IT STRUCK TREES ALONGSIDE THE RWY. THE SURFACE WINDS AT THE APRX TIME OF THE ACCIDENT WERE REPORTED AF 130 DEGS AT 16 KTS WITH GUSTS TO 20 KTS. THE PLT HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY ADVISED BY HIS CFI THAT STUDENT PLTS WERE NOT PERMITTED TO CONDUCT SOLO OPERATIONS FROM THAT ARPT DUE TO THE ROUGH TURF RWYS.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND

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