NTSB Identification: MIA02LA122.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 01, 2002 in Jacksonville, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/04/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-20, registration: N1693A
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 student pilot/owner of the accident airplane said he possesses a solo endorsement to operate the airplane, and that there was a flight instructor with him in the airplane who had not yet received a tail wheel endorsement to operate the airplane. He said the touch-and-go landing had been uneventful, but during takeoff the airplane began to "weather vane", so he retarded the throttle control to idle and applied left rudder control input in an attempt to maintain control, but the airplane veered off the runway, hitting a runway light, and then swung around incurring substantial damage. The flight instructor seated next to pilot/owner stated that when the airplane started to veer off the runway he also applied rudder control input but the airplane continued toward the right edge of the runway and within 5 to 8 seconds swung through an arc of 180 degrees and he was unable to maintain directional control. Both occupants of the airplane said that prior to the accident there had been no failure or malfunction to the airplane or any of its systems.

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

The failure of the solo student/owner to maintain directional control of the airplane during takeoff in a crosswind, which resulted in the airplane veering off the runway, a collision with a runway light, and a ground loop.

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