NTSB Identification: NYC82DA075
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 21, 1982 in LATROBE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/21/1983
Aircraft: PITTS SPECIAL S-1C, registration: N1750
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PILOT INITIATED A TAKEOFF IN WINDS THAT WERE GUSTING TO 19 KNOTS. AS HE RAISED THE TAIL DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THE PLANE SWERVED RIGHT. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE OVERCORRECTED TO THE LEFT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PLANE DEPARTED THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT SKIPPED SEVERAL TIMES AND BECAME AIRBORNE. HE HELD THE WINGS LEVEL IN A 3-POINT ATTITUDE TO CLEAR SOME TREES. AS HE PASSED OVER THE TREES, THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO SETTLE. AT THIS POINT, HE CHOPPED THE POWER AND THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN AND NOSED OVER.

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

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

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORT..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..GROUND

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