NTSB Identification: CEN10CA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 09, 2009 in Alamosa, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/03/2010
Aircraft: Franklin Pitts Special S-1, registration: N59JT
Injuries: 1 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 commercial pilot was taking off in his single-engine tail wheel-equipped airplane, when veered to the left at a high rate of speed shortly after the tail wheel came up off the ground. The airplane went off the side of the runway and struck a runway light with the lower left wing causing substantial damage. Examination of the airplane by maintenance personnel found no pre mishap anomalies. The winds were calm at the time of the accident.

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

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control on takeoff.

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