NTSB Identification: ERA12CA313
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 30, 2012 in Ghent, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/15/2012
Aircraft: ARION AIRCRAFT LLC LIGHTNING LS-1, registration: N782MD
Injuries: 2 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.

According to the pilot, the airplane encountered a bump in the grass runway during the takeoff roll and lifted off the runway several knots slower than rotation speed. After liftoff, the airplane descended to the left side of the runway, impacted trees, and came to rest in a swampy area, resulting in substantial damage to the wings. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. Postaccident examination of the runway found it to be in satisfactory condition, with no evidence of bumps.

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

The pilot's loss of directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion.

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