FTW99LA195
FTW99LA195

On July 21, 1999, at 1456 central daylight time, a Cessna 152 airplane, N5144L, was substantially damaged when it veered into a drainage ditch during takeoff from the Frisco Airport, Frisco, Texas. The student pilot, sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight. The airplane was owned by a private individual and operated by Monarch Aviation of Addison, Texas. The local solo flight originated from Addison at 1415.

According to the enclosed Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2), the 49-hour student pilot reported making a full stop landing on runway 17. He taxied back to the departure end of the runway to practice a soft field takeoff. The pilot stated that there was a "normal acceleration." At 55 knots, he began to pull back on the control yoke. The airplane's nose wheel lifted off of the ground, and the main landing gear wheels remained on the runway surface. The pilot added that within "one second the aircraft was completely deviated to the left" and impacted a drainage ditch to the left of the runway. The airplane came to rest nose low in a grassy area adjacent to the runway. The pilot added that he "lost control of the aircraft."

An aircraft mechanic stated that the right wing spar was bent up, the left wing was damaged, the firewall was buckled, and the propeller was damaged.

At 1447, the wind reported at the Addison Airport (located 10 miles south of Frisco) was from 190 degrees at 10 knots.

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