NTSB Identification: ERA12CA492
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Albion, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/05/2012
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD M-62A, registration: N53953
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.
The pilot stated that shortly after takeoff the airplane veered to the left due to a gust of wind. The pilot attempted to realign the airplane with the runway centerline but was unsuccessful and landed in a soybean field. Postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the airplane firewall and engine mounts. The pilot reported a quartering tailwind about the time of the accident. The examination showed no evidence of preexisting mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane, and the pilot did not report any.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while taking off in gusting wind conditions. Full narrative available
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