CHI08CA256
CHI08CA256

On August 16, 2008, at 1445 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N733KC, nosed over following a loss of directional control while taking off on runway 09 (5,000 feet by 75 feet, dry asphalt) at the Huntington Municipal Airport (HHG), Huntington, Indiana. The private pilot received minor injuries. The airplane received substantial damage to the firewall and both wings. The personal flight was being operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident with an intended destination of Wabash, Indiana.

The pilot reported the airplane veered to the left when she applied takeoff power. The airplane traveled off the side of the runway and into the grass where it contacted a ditch and nosed over. The pilot stated during a telephone interview that she believes she inadvertently applied the toe brake which resulted in the airplane veering off the runway.

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