NTSB Identification: CHI02CA250.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 09, 2002 in Sparta, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/04/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-J3-C65, registration: N7744B
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane sustained substantial damage when it impacted a ditch during landing roll. The CFI reported that the flight was an introductory tail wheel instructional flight. He reported, "Student pilot flew aircraft under my direction through several flight maneuvers for initial orientation. He also approached the airport for our initial landing on runway 27 at SAR. Upon turning final for the runway I took full control of the aircraft to demonstrate a 3 point landing. All went well until aircraft started an uncontrollable right turn on the runway. I applied full opposite control but was unable to recover so I chose to initiate a go around but could not gain flying speed before encountering a drainage ditch adjacent to the runway. Power was removed and aircraft was damaged in the drainage ditch."

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

The CFI's failure to maintain directional control during landing roll and the unsuccessful attempt at a go around. A factor was the ditch.

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