NTSB Identification: CEN12LA195
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2012
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140, registration: N8421R
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.

During a solo flight, the student pilot completed 3 takeoffs and landings before attempting a soft-field takeoff. He stated that the airplane began to veer left as the nose gear lifted off the runway, which he attempted to correct with an application of right rudder. He noted that he was unable to regain directional control and decided to abort the takeoff; the airplane departed the left side of the runway and impacted a visual approach slope indicator and its associated power-supply box. The student pilot stated that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane. Additionally, he noted that the accident could have been prevented had he maintained directional control with an increased input of right rudder in order to counteract the left-turning tendencies experienced during takeoff.

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

The student pilot did not maintain directional control while practicing a soft-field takeoff.

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