NTSB Identification: SEA08LA164
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 07, 2008 in Arlington, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/11/2009
Aircraft: Evektor-Aerotechnik SportStar, registration: N918LA
Injuries: 1 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 reported that during the takeoff roll on runway 34, the airplane was buffeted by a gust of wind and it yawed to the left. He applied full opposite rudder control; however, the airplane veered off the runway. After the airplane exited the runway, the right main landing gear leg collapsed and the airplane came to rest adjacent to the runway. The student pilot stated that the winds at the time of the accident were from 280 degrees at 11 knots. No mechanical failures or malfunctions were reported.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during the takeoff roll in gusty conditions.

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