NTSB Identification: LAX85LA281.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29339.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 15, 1985 in UPPER LAKE, CA
Aircraft: OTIS G. LYONS MARQUART CHARGER MA5, registration: N80GL
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.

THE PLT ELECTED TO TAKE OFF IN HIS TAILDRAGGER ON RWY 19 WHICH IS 4050 FT LONG & 200 FT WIDE DURING A PERIOD WHEN THE WIND WAS ESTIMATED AT 270 DEG, 20 KTS, WITH GUSTS TO 25 KTS. THE PLT STATED THAT AT ROTATION FULL RT RUDDER WAS APPLIED, BUT HIS HOMEBUILT, BIPLANE CONTINUED TO DRIFT LT. THE ACFT DRIFTED OFF THE RWY, COLLIDED WITH BRUSH & 'CARTWHEELED TO A STOP WITH A BROKEN LEFT LOWER WING.'

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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