NTSB Identification: IAD02LA023.
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Accident occurred Sunday, December 30, 2001 in Martinsville, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/13/2003
Aircraft: Mooney M20C, registration: N6779U
Injuries: 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 reported that he initiated the takeoff at 65 mph, and the airplane veered to the left. He could not maintain directional control with right rudder, and the airplane continued left, struck bushes, and ran into a ditch. There were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane. According to FAA Advisory Circular AC-61-23C, "The effect of torque increases in direct proportion to engine power, airspeed, and airplane attitude. If the power setting is high, the airspeed slow, and the angle of attack high, the effect of torque is greater."

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

The pilot's premature rotation and his failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll.

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