NTSB Identification: ERA09CA065
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 18, 2008 in Oak Island, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/23/2009
Aircraft: PIPER PA46, registration: N6913Z
Injuries: 3 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.

During the takeoff roll on runway 5, the pilot began to drift left of the runway centerline. The pilot stated that he applied right rudder, then the airplane turned sharply right "as if I overcorrected to the right." The pilot responded by pulling the throttle to idle. The airplane continued to veer onto the grass on the right side of the runway edge and down an embankment. As the airplane passed through a small culvert, the nose gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest in a drainage ditch. Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the airplane and no evidence of any mechanical abnormalities. Winds about the time of the accident were 320 degrees at 9 knots, gusting to 18 knots.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff. Contributing to the accident were gusting crosswinds.

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